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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
1Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
2Lo vidi e il primo palpito Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
3Di qual tetra luce Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
4Fra le tue braccia, amore! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
5Egli mi disse andiamo Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cirillo/Grech/Siriex/Fedora/Desirè
6Andiam Belcore Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino/Belcore
7Ma se m'e forza perderti Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
8Gualtier malde.. Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-1

Type: Voice: T S cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
9Ora stammi a sentir Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
10Anima mia piu dell usato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
11Dolce notte! Quante stelle Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
12Che m'ami deh ripetimi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Gilda
13Questa e la cameriera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-2

Type: Voice: T T Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Pinkerton/Suzuki/Cio-Cio/Sharpless
14Forse la soglia attinse Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
15Tu tu amore tu? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
16Inoltra il pie Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: Voice: Language: Italian

Roles:
17Cosi comanda Turandot Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.01

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
18Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
19Voglio dire lo stupendo elisir Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Dulcamara
20Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
21T'appellan le schiere Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07-1

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Bruno
22Ch'ei provo lontan da me? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira
23Contro un cor che accende amore Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: cA/Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count
24Perche piangete Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Ines
25C'è Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.05

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
26Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
27La dolcissima effigie Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio
28Della citta all'occaso Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Ulrica/Riccardo
29Della mia bella incognita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
30Zaza piccola zingara Popularity:

Opera: ZazaComposer: LeoncavalloAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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