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Giuseppe di Stefano, 1921-2008 March 3, 2008

Posted by Jeff in In memoriam, Italian, Opera, Theater.

Giuseppe di StefanoThe last of the great 20th-century Italian tenors, the man whom Luciano Pavarotti called a role model, has died at the age of eighty-seven.

Here he is with his one-time lover and most famous soprano partner, Maria Callas, in a 1953 recording of one of his most famous roles, Turiddu in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Rolando Panerai as Alfio, Anna Maria Canali as Lola and Ebe Ticozzi as Mamma Lucia, with the Teatro alla Scala chorus and orchestra conducted by Tullio Serafin.

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