Maria Callas et Giuseppe Di Stefano dans La Traviata; photo par Erio Piccagliani, 1955.


Tenor Giuseppe di Stefano sings “Ah! Fuyez douce image” as Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon.


Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano in the dress rehearsal of Madama Butterfly. (Chicago, 1955)


This has always been a shamefully underrated recording. For me, it is the best “Pagliacci” by a clear mile. It’s nearest rival is the Karajan recording with Bergonzi which does not have the same violent earthiness as this one. 



Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano singing Vainement, ma bien-aime from Edouard Lalo’s opera Le Roi DY’s.

Very skilled and experienced job singing this expressive aria, Di Stefano with all his years of experience sang this aria with a humble but authoritative technique. I prefer his version over the more upbeat versions that many other tenor’s sing it. This is one of the most beautiful Tenor arias I have ever heard in my opinion. I definitely want to take the time to learn this sometime. 

This performance is just priceless, the pianissimo at the end-no words


Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano sings the Italian Tenor’s ‘Di Rigori Armato’ from Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier.’  

One of my personal favorite operas, Der Rosenkavalier, premiered 101 years ago today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSENKAVALIER!  Time for spam.