Giuseppe Di Stefano

Giuseppe Di Stefano

Italian Opera Singer
Born Jul 24, 1921

Giuseppe Di Stefano was an Italian operatic tenor who sang professionally from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. He was known as the "Golden voice" or "The most beautiful voice", as the true successor of Beniamino Gigli. He was also known for his long-term performance and recording association and brief romantic episode with the soprano Maria Callas.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1946 25 Years Old 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. … Read More
1948 27 Years Old He made his New York debut in 1948 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto after singing the role in Riccione with Hjördis Schymberg that summer. … Read More


1955 34 Years Old …  He sang Alfredo to Callas in the famous Visconti production of "La traviata" in 1955 at La Scala, as well as Edgardo to her Lucia under Herbert von Karajan at La Scala, Berlin and Vienna.
1957 36 Years Old 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.


1973 52 Years Old In 1973, Giuseppe Di Stefano accompanied Maria Callas on her final recital tour that ended in 1974: critics remarked that both were losing their voices, but the public reaction was enthusiastic everywhere. … Read More


1992 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Di Stefano's final operatic role was as the aged Emperor in Turandot, in July 1992. … Read More
2004 83 Years Old In November 2004, Giuseppe Di Stefano was critically injured in his home in Diani Beach, Kenya, after a brutal beating by unknown assailants. … Read More
2007 86 Years Old In December 2007, Di Stefano was flown to the San Raffaele clinic at Milan, where he slipped into a coma.
2008 87 Years Old He died in his home in Santa Maria Hoè near Milan on 3 March 2008, aged 86.
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