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Giuseppe Di Stefano

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1921
Year of Death: 2008

About Giuseppe Di Stefano:

Giuseppe Di Stefano (24 July 1921 – 3 March 2008) was an Italian operatic tenor, one of the most beautiful voices who sang professionally from the mid 1940s until the early 1990s, although there was a sharp decline in his, until then extraordinary, vocal powers during the early 1960s. Called Pippo by both fans and friends, he was known as the "Golden voice" or "The most beautiful voice", as the true successor of Beniamino Gigli.Luciano Pavarotti said he modeled himself after Di Stefano. In an interview Pavarotti said "Di Stefano is my idol. There is a solar voice...It was the most incredible, open voice you could hear. The musicality of di Stefano is as natural and beautiful as the voice is phenomenal". Di Stefano was also the tenor who most inspired José Carreras.

Giuseppe Di Stefano was born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, a village near Catania, Sicily, in 1921. He was the only son of a carabiniere turned cobbler and his dressmaker wife. Di Stefano was educated at a Jesuit seminary and briefly contemplated entering the priesthood.

After serving in the Italian military (and briefly taking lessons from the Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod), Di Stefano made his operatic debut in 1946 in Reggio Emilia as Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, the role in which he made his La Scala debut the following year. He made his New York debut at the Metropolitan Opera in February 1948 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto after singing the role in Riccione with Hjördis Schymberg in August of the previous year. After his performance in Manon a month later, Musical America wrote that Di Stefano "had the rich velvety sound we have seldom heard since the days of Gigli". He went on to perform regularly in New York for many years. In 1957, Di Stefano made his British debut at the Edinburgh Festival as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore and his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in 1961, as Cavaradossi in Tosca.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Zaza piccola zingara Popularity:

Opera: ZazaComposer: LeoncavalloAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Von Apfelbluten einen Kranz Popularity:

Opera: Land des LächelnsComposer: LéharAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Sou-Chong
3Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
4Voi Cavaradossi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi
5Voglio dire lo stupendo elisir Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Dulcamara
6Vogliatemi bene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
7Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
8Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
9Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia/Cavaradossi
10Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-2

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
11Vieni fra queste braccia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo
12Vieni amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: Voice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio/Goro
13Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
14Vien qua che chiasso! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Fenton/Caius/Ford/Pistola
15Vi prego signorina Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Geronte/Manon/Dancing Master
16Vesti la giubba Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
17Vespa rospo maledetto! Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Suzuki/Cio-Cio
18Verrano a te sull'aure Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
19Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
20Venti scudi Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Belcore
21Vedi le man giunte io stendo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Spoletta/Scarpia
22Vedi io piango Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Fedora
23Vainement ma bien aimee Popularity:

Opera: Roi d'Ys, LeComposer: LaloAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Mylio
24Una parola o Adina Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
25Una furtiva lagrima Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
26Un tal gioco credetemi Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
27Un mot s'il vous plait Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 4.07

Type: septetVoice: T S Mz T Mz Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Guillot/Poussette/Javotte/Chevalier/Rosette/Lescaut/Manon
28Un grande spettacolo Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
29Un giuramento atroce mi costringe Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emperor/Calaf
30Un di se ben rammentomi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
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