Giuseppe Di Stefano
Di Stefano, Giuseppe
Died: March 03, 2008
Word spread like wildfire throughout Italy about di Stefano's talent, and he made his La Scala debut less than a year later, repeating his role as des Grieux. Di Stefano's reputation was further assisted with a series of recordings undertaken at this time in which he sang Neapolitan and other kinds of light Italian songs. Some of these early di Stefano recordings are yet regarded as the finest in this genre. The Metropolitan Opera of New York soon became interested, and di Stefano made his bow at the Met in Rigoletto on February 25, 1948.
For many opera lovers, the name of Giuseppe di Stefano is inextricably linked with that of legendary soprano Maria Callas. Di Stefano first appeared with Callas in a production of La Traviata given at São Paulo on September 9, 1951. Afterward he appeared frequently alongside Callas on-stage and in recordings, the most celebrated of the latter being a 1953 EMI of Tosca, regarded by many in the operatic fold as the finest recorded Tosca in existence.
As in the case of Callas, problems with di Stefano's voice began to surface early on. In the late '50s, di Stefano began to take on heavy roles, such as Calaf in Turandot, wreaking havoc on his clear and light tenor voice. By the early '60s, di Stefano was unable to sing a true pianissimo, resorting instead to shouting, aspirating, and breaking registers. Nonetheless, he maintained a full schedule of engagements throughout the '60s and into the '70s. In 1973-1974, di Stefano and Callas embarked on an ill-advised world concert tour. The end result, unfortunately, was that the public got to hear what pitiable wrecks these two great singers had made of their voices.
Di Stefano suffered severe injuries during a robbery at his villa in Kenya in 2004 and spent the final three years of his life incapacitated in a Milanese hospital. He died of complications from his injuries in March of 2008.
|a22-01||Di Stefano||Cantu a Timuni||( Trad )||1947||2.16|
|n22-02||Di Stefano Narrative||3.39|
|a22-03||Di Stefano||E La Solita Storia||L'Arlesiana||1947||4.35|
|n22-04||Di Stefano Narrative||2.14|
|a22-05||Di Stefano||Duet w Callas||Cavallaria||1954||5.02|
|a22-06||Di Stefano||Duet w Callas||Un Ballo||1955||3.51|
|a22-07||Di Stefano||Duet w Callas||M/Lescaut||1954?||5.25|
|n22-08||Di Stefano Narrative||2.18|
|a22-09||Di Stefano||La Barcillunisa||( Trad )||1959||2.47|
|a22-10||Di Stefano||Io Conosco un Gardino||Maristella||2.11|
|n22-11||Di Stefano Narrative||0.34|
|a22-12||Di Stefano||Sento Una Forza w Caballé||Il Gurany||1960||7.40|