V1517. GIORGIO CASELLATO-LAMBERTI: Arias from I Capuleti e i Montecchi, I Lombardi, Ernani, I Due Foscari, Macbeth, Il Corsaro, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, I Vespri Siciliani, Simon Boccanegra, Forza, La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West, Aïda, Il Tabarro, Turandot, Fedora, Andrea Chénier, Carmen & L’Africaine. (E.U.) Myto 00178. - 8014399501781
“Giorgio Casellato-Lamberti was a member of that last generation of the ‘once inexhaustible breed; the Italian tenor’. He came to prominence in the sixties together with other young hopefuls like Ruggero Bondino, Enzo Tei, Franco Tagliavini, Beniamino Prior and Luciano Pavarotti. Mr. Lamberti’s voice has not the many subtleties and the beauty in the middle register of Carlo Bergonzi; nor did he have the stentorian overwhelming sound of Corelli and Del Monaco, but somewhere he was more representative of the breed than either one of those vocal gods. There is a red thread running through vocal history of talented Italians, trumpet voiced, who could cut through any orchestra and chorus. They didn’t have the amazing vocal beauty of Gigli or young Di Stefano but they did the heavy work in other houses than La Scala or the Met; they did the foreign tours where their sound was identified as typical Italian. After the war there appeared Annaloro, Zambruno, Turrini, Lo Forese, Gismondo and Ottolini in that mould. Of them all Lamberti was definitely the best. He could fill big barns like La Scala and the Met. At the Verona Arena he had no problem filling the open space.
The voice always sounds homogenous from bottom to brilliant top. It is slender but still strong with a lot of metal in it. It is bright and well focused. There aren’t a myriad amount of colours in it but it’s still personal and recognizable. The top can be cutting and is often glorious. Indeed one thinks of Hope-Wallace in The Gramophone once describing young Corelli as ‘a shameless top-note hunter’. So is Casellato-Lamberti now and then, holding the high B in ‘La donna è mobile’ for some ten seconds (as did Corelli). Casellato-Lamberti’s voice above the stave gets an extra gleam and ring and it is a prime example of squillo. Casellato-Lamberti’s voice is somewhat similar to the young Pavarotti; maybe a little bit less rich. Still, the differences being slight they teach us a lesson. One singer marginally better than the other, is a household word due to an American publicity genius while the other is more or less forgotten in the wide world. If Casellato-Lamberti were to sing today, he would reign supreme in Italy.”
Jan Neckers, Operanostalgia