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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
1Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì
2Alto la fedel drappello Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
3Piano..qui posi..approntisi Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Surgeon
4Oui je viens t'arracher a la honte Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 4.11

Type: septetVoice: B S T S Mz Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Le Comte/Manon/Chevalier/Poussette/Javotte/Rosette/Guillot
5Altra volta quell uomo Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Grech/Dimitri/Fedora/Desirè
6Ch'ei provo lontan da me? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira
7Donna per noi terribile Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Luisa
8Il cenno mio di la con essi attendi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato
9Cittadino men duol Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 4.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B/Br B/BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schmidt/Roucher
10Il rito augusto si compia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo
11Ah! parlez moi Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
12Ma dunque e amore Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Count
13Presto in fila Marciate! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Chevalier/Captain
14Ah! disgraziati noi Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.16-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Count/Rosina
15Amico gelosa t'affido una cura Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato
16Je venais d'ecrire a mon père Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
17Principessa ci fate languir Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Baron/Fedora/Count/Countness/Siriex
18Insomma mio signore Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Bartolo
19Su profetessa monta il treppie Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.18-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
20Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
21Qu'ai je a te pardonner Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
22Su fatemi largo saper vo il mio fato Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: trioVoice: B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silvano/Ulrica/Riccardo
23Vien qua che chiasso! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Fenton/Caius/Ford/Pistola
24Tu tu signor fra queste soglie Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Walter/Rodolfo
25Siam giunti ecco la torre Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ruiz
26Vedi le man giunte io stendo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Spoletta/Scarpia
27Ah! tu sei morta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Timur/Calaf/Ping
28No no lasciatelo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-1

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T Br S S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Amelia/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
29C'est lui que ma paleur ne me trahisse Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
30Un 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
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