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Giuseppe di Stefano 1921-2008

Operachic reports, and further sources confirm, that tenor Giuseppe di Stefano died earlier today after an illness lasting several years. He was 87.

  • Please don’t hold La Cieca to this, but she is almost sure that the “Tosca” selection is from the live Mexico City performance with Callas from May 1952. (This run of performances was di Stefano’s first Cavaradossi, and even back then there were not that many theaters where encores were permitted — even when so richly deserved as here!)

  • Melot’s Younger Brother

    The Reuters wire story went as follows, and refers to his “many recordings with Pavarotti.” WTF?

    “Italian tenor Di Stefano dies aged 86

    03/03/2008 1:08 PM, Reuters

    Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, to whom Luciano Pavarotti owed his launch to stardom, died in Milan on Monday. He was 86.

    Di Stefano died after a long coma caused by an attack during a robbery at his Kenyan holiday home in late 2004.

    Fellow Italian tenor Pavarotti, who died last year, had his big break when Di Stefano dropped out of a performance of “La Boheme” at London’s Covent Garden in 1963. Pavarotti performed as the stand-in and a star was born.

    Local media said Di Stefano had never fully recovered from the savage beating he received from unknown assailants at his villa near the eastern Kenyan resort of Mombasa.

    Treated for serious head injuries, he was moved to a hospital in Milan where he slipped into a coma last December.

    Born in Sicily, Di Stefano made his operatic debut in 1946 and his debut at La Scala in Milan the following year. He made many recordings with Maria Callas and Pavarotti.”

  • amneris

    r.i.p. maestro, you are much loved…

  • Barak

    Dear La Cieca!

    Is there a way to download your “Giuseppe di Stefano” Tribute?

    I thought the selections were absolutely wonderful!

    BARAK

  • Annetta

    Giuseppe was a great artist. He will always be loved and remembered. May he rest in peace. I have created a tribute for this great Tenor. Please feel free to share your tributes and memories for him at

    http://www.respectance.com/GiuseppeDiStefano/

  • I saw Giuseppe at the end of the career, in the mid 70’s. He forced the top, crooned, and fudged a lot of the notes, but he absolutely made you believe the text of whatever he was singing. His voice was infused with passion and ardor, and he could melt your socks with a look.

  • Ian Brooks

    I was blessed to hear Pippo in 1973 in a London recital and later in 1984 in Stamford, CT.

    Such thrilling events -- not least for his wonderful presence and magnificently beautiful singing. Sublime and simuultaneously so masculine.

    He took my breath away over 40 years ago when I played a 45 rpm record of him singing Puccini arias.

    RIP.

  • Pippofan

    Di Stefano was the grandest tenor of the 20th. century. No one sang with such passion and feeling. The Tosca with Callas, Gobbi, De Sabata (La Scala 1953) is, in many reviews, the greatest opera recording ever made. He sang as though Puccini wrote the opera specifically for him -- easily the greatest “E lucevan…” ever!

    God bless you Pippo, you now sing only for him.

  • Carl

    The young Di Stefano was wonderful, but the grandest tenor of the century was Caruso.

  • Sorry, but it is SO difficult to hear Caruso in any decent accoustics.

  • Why, men, di Stefano’s ‘Ecco ridente in cielo’ really put JDF to shame!
    A wonderful array of Pippo’s best stuff. Thanks ever so much!

  • JERRY

    NOT MANY TENORS HAVE BEEN COMPAIRED TO PIPPO, BOTH BEFORE HIM OR AFTER HIM. TO ME ONLY JOSE CARRERAS HAD “SOME” OF THAT PURE NATURAL BEAUTY. THE REASON TO ME IS QUITE SIMPLE, NO OTHER TENOR COULD BE BLESSED WITH SO MANY TALENTS!! ONE CANNOT “LEARN” TO HAVE SUCH VOCAL BEAUTY, ONE CANNOT LEARN TO APPROACH THE ACROBATIC SPUR OF THE MOMENT VOCAL TRICKS HE WOULD PERFORM. ONE COULD NEVER APPROACH TO PUT HEART, SOUL , PERFECT DICTION, ACROBATIC SINGING,ACTING WITH THE PASSION HE WAS SINGING, ALL COUPLED WITH THE MOST THE BEAUTIFUL TENOR VOICE EVER SO GIFTED, UNLESS HE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE ESPECIALLY SAVED AND THEN SENT TO THOSE OF US LUCKY ENOUGH TO EXPERIENCE. YES, THE GOOD LORD, WAITED FOR ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO TO BE SO GIFTED -- PIPPO DI STEFANO WAS THAT “VERY SPECIAL PERSON”!!! MAY PIPPO NOW LIGHT UP THE CHOIR OF HEAVEN, ALWAYS TAKING THE TENOR PART FROM NOW TO ETERNITY!!!!

  • FightGravityPDX

    gosh, yet another great one joins our angels… thanks for sharing the clips; getting the full stuff from my library now….

  • FightGravityPDX

    gosh, yet another great one joins our angels… wondering if teatro cielo is possible…. thanks for sharing the clips; getting the full stuff from my library now….