(Born 1940 -
Giuseppe Giacomini is an Italian dramatic tenor.
He is known for his rich powerful voice and is called "Bepi" amongst his fans and friends.
He made his professional debut in 1966 in Vercelli, as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. In 1969 he performed as Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) in Parma and Modena.
His first engagement outside Italy was in 1970 in Berlin, where he played Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. In 1971 he played in Il Tabarro in Lisbon, Tosca in Barcelona (1972) and Vienna (1973), and then at the Staatsoper in München in 1973.
In 1974 made his South American debut in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón as Pinkerton and in Il Tabarro.
Mr Giacomini returned to Italy in 74 and received great acclaim playing top houses such as La Scala in roles in operas such as La Forza del Destino, La Bohème, 1975, Opera di Roma, and the Teatro Reggio. He also appeared in 1975 in Mantova in Fedora.
Mr Giacomini made his North American debut as Ramerrez in La Fanciulla del West in Connecticut, 1975, making his Metropolitan Opera debut the year afterwards in La Forza del Destino. This performance led to more engagements in the Italian rep such as Macbeth, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Pagliacci and Tosca.
His Covent Garden debut came in 1980 in La Fanciulla del West.
Particular performances of note include his participation in the world premiere of Marco Tutino's La Lupa in Livorno in 1990 where he sang the role of Nanni, and his Des Grieux at the hundred-anniversary of the premiere of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Reggio di Torino.
He also took part in the historical staging of Aida set against the pyramids of Cairo in 1987 and was Calaf in Seoul on occasion of the opening of the Olympic Games in 1988. He is also credited with the revival of rare operas as Donizetti's Fausta (Roma, 1981) and Leoncavallo's Medici (Frankfurt, 1993).
Despite his enormous career and truly extraordinary voice, Giacomini never achieved widespread fame in the opera world. Though he was rumoured to have retired in 2000, he has continued to make concert appearances around the world.