Personalities | Giuseppe di Stefano | Modern Era | Opera
Possessing a beautiful voice that was recorded to great effect, di Stefano was renowned for performances of the bel canto repertoire. His speciality roles included Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles and Fritz in L’amico Fritz. However, by the mid-1950s he began to sing heavier roles that robbed his voice of its warmth and tonal purity. Di Stefano was Maria Callas’s leading tenor, and in 1973, long after their vocal prime, they began an international recital tour that was aborted the following year. Nevertheless, stamina was not an issue for Di Stefano, who sang the role of the emperor in Turandot at Caracalla in Rome aged 71.
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