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GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO

The tenor Giuseppe di Stefano was born in 1921 near Catania, in Sicily. He studied with Adriano Torchi and Luigi Montesanto in Milan. After three years in the Italian army he escaped to Switzerland in 1943 and was interned. He later appeared in Swiss broadcasts and concerts that aroused considerable interest.

His official début was as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon in 1946 in Florence, repeating the part for his first appearance at La Scala in Milan the following year. His American début was as Gounod’s Faust in February 1948 at the Metropolitan, where he would regularly appear until 1952. He returned there in 1955-56 and 1965. He also sang in Mexico City (1948-52), often opposite Maria Callas. He appeared regularly at La Scala between 1952 and 1961, the latter year being the occasion of his début at Covent Garden in London. He also sang in Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Buenos Aires. Originally a lyric tenor, his first rôles included Nemorino, Rodolfo, Alfredo, Fenton and Pinkerton.

Di Stefano moved into heavier parts such as Don José, Canio, Turridu, Radames, Alvaro and, most unwisely, Otello. His voice in his early years with its smooth and liquid golden tone was considered the finest since Gigli but, regrettably, he later chose parts for which his voice was really unsuited, in addition to suffering from respiratory problems. He recorded extensively, often with Callas and Gobbi, in a whole series made by the Scala Company. Di Stefano died on 3rd March 2008 at his home in Santa Maria Hoè, north of Milan, from injuries sustained in a November 2004 attack at his family’s villa in Kenya.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BELLINI: Puritani (I) (Callas, Di Stefano) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110259-60
Opera
BIZET, G.: Carmen [Opera] (Simionato, Di Stefano, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Karajan) (1955) (French and English edition) La Scala Memories
9788865440230
Opera
CABALLE, Montserrat: Beyond Music (NTSC) EuroArts
2053198
Classical Documentary
CABALLE: Beyond Music TDKDVD
DV-DOCMSC
Classical Documentary
CALLAS, Maria: Immortal Opera Arias (1949-1955) Naxos Historical
8.103015
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Portrait (A) (1949-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111082
Opera
DI STEFANO, Giuseppe: Neapolitan Songs (1953-1957) Naxos Historical
8.111340
Vocal
DONIZETTI: Elisir d'amore (L') (di Stefano, Gueden) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80008-09
Opera
DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor (Callas, di Stefano, Gobbi) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110131-32
Opera
GREAT SINGERS (1904-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110781-82
Opera
Italian Popular Songs, Vol. 1 (1930-1950) Naxos Historical
8.110768
Vocal
ITALIAN POPULAR SONGS, Vol. 2 (1926-1953) Naxos Historical
8.110773
Vocal
LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci (Callas, di Stefano, Serafin) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111024
Opera
MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticana (Callas, di Stefano, Serafin) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.111025
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Callas, Maria - BELLINI, V. / ROSSINI, G. / DONIZETTI, G. (Callas Alla Scala, Vol. 1 - Bel canto) (1953-1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440193
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Votto) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111332-33
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Manon Lescaut [Opera] (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Serafin) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.112031-32
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Opera excerpts Phoenix Edition
Phoenix150
Opera
PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Tebaldi) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.110252-53
Opera
PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly (los Angeles, di Stefano, Gobbi) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111291-92
Opera
PUCCINI: Tosca (Callas, di Stefano) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110256-57
Opera
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Stevens, Steber / Metropolitan Opera / Reiner) (1949) Naxos Historical
8.110277-79
Opera
VERDI ALLA SCALA, Vol. 2 - Arie Celebri e Romanze La Scala Memories
9788865440285
Opera
VERDI, G.: Opera Arias (Callas Alla Scala, Vol. 2 - Arie Verdiane) (Callas) (1952-1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440278
Opera
VERDI, G.: Un ballo in maschera [Opera] (Di Stefano, Bastianini, Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Gavazzeni) (1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440209
Opera
VERDI: Ballo in Maschera (Un) (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111278-79
Opera
VERDI: Messa da Requiem (Schwarzkopf, Di Stefano, De Sabata) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111049-50
Choral - Sacred
VERDI: Rigoletto (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi / La Scala) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111242-43
Opera
VERDI: Traviata (La) (Di Stefano, Stella) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111272-73
Opera
VERDI: Traviata (La) (Metropolitan Opera) (1949) Naxos Historical
8.110115-16
Opera
VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (Callas, di Stefano, Karajan) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111280-81
Opera





 
 
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