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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
391Ch'ei provo lontan da me? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira
392Ah! affe madamigella Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.09

Type: trioVoice: S B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Geronte/Chevalier
393All idea di quel metallo portentoso Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.11-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Figaro
394Ma dunque e amore Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Count
395Oui 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
396Oh! come al tuo sottile corpo Popularity:

Opera: IrisComposer: MascagniAct:

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Osaka/Iris
397E nulla nulla! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
398Ah! tu sei morta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Timur/Calaf/Ping
399C'est lui que ma paleur ne me trahisse Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
400Cosi comanda Turandot Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.01

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

401Altra volta quell uomo Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Grech/Dimitri/Fedora/Desirè
402Je venais d'ecrire a mon père Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
403Alto la fedel drappello Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
404Principessa ci fate languir Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Baron/Fedora/Count/Countness/Siriex
405Qu'ai je a te pardonner Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
406Egli mi disse andiamo Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cirillo/Grech/Siriex/Fedora/Desirè
407Monsieur je veux parler a l'abbé Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.25

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: A porter/Manon
408Silenzio ola Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.10

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

409Oh! ciel déja quelqu'un Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
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