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Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 06075   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ambroise ThomasJules MassenetFrancesco CilèaGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Giuseppe Di StefanoHerbert DawsonRaffaele AriéAnna Maria Canali,   ... 
Conductor:  Alberto EredeTullio SerafinVictor De SabataGianandrea Gavazzeni,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraNew London Light Opera OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Highly gifted and opened-toned lyric tenor who paid the price of the fast track.

This is the second of this EMI series to come my way for review. Like the first, devoted to Mirella Freni (see review), it is of an Italian lyric voice. The Sicilian-born tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano emerged in Switzerland after fleeing there when the Nazis took over Italy. There he made his first recordings after appearing on local radio in opera broadcasts. He made his operatic debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at Regio Emilia on 20 April 1946 after which his rise was rapid. He débuted at La Scala in the same role in March 1947 and as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera the following year with Leonard
Read more Warren in the title role. These were Di Stefano’s golden years, singing roles such as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, Almaviva in Il Barbiere de Siviglia, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore and Alfredo in La Traviata. His early 78rpm recordings from this period reveal a voice of great lyric beauty (CD 1 trs1-5) and when the repertoire was right and when he resisted putting pressure on his open-throated forward tone. His outgoing and exuberant, if insouciant, personality did not take restriction to heart. If he could sing a note or a phrase full out he did so and even on these early tracks in the revealing sound of CD one can detect a touch of dryness, even rawness, at the top of the voice although without detracting from the attraction of his pianissimo and mezza voce singing.

In 1951 Di Stefano was cast alongside Maria Callas for the first time as Alfredo in La Traviata, Tito Gobbi was Germont. Di Stefano’s association with Callas was defining for his career in the 1950s. She had been signed up by Walter Legge, head of A&R at British Columbia/Angel to record core opera for the newly arrived LP. He joined her in many recordings and these are the basis of most of the remaining tracks in this collection. He had also offended Rudolf Bing at the Met by his casual attitude to commitments. As a consequence Di Stefano did not sing there between 1952 and 1955. During this period he was involved in memorable stage performances at La Scala with Callas in Lucia di Lamermoor under Karajan and La Traviata with Giulini on the rostrum.

In the first of their joint recordings made in February 1953 he sang Edgardo to her Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor (see full review). As Lucia’s lover Di Stefano gives one of his best performances in the series of their recorded collaborations (CD 1 trs 6-7). However, by this time he was already singing heavier roles and its effect on his voice is evident in the second of the recordings, I Puritani (CD 1 tr8) made in March 1953. There his singing, whilst having elegance, tends too easily towards the crude can belto tradition (see full review). In the following August he sang Cavaradossi to her Tosca with Gobbi as Scarpia under the baton of Victor de Sabata (CD 1 trs.11-12). Di Stefano is on nearly best vocal behaviour, caressing the phrases, characterising with aplomb and only occasionally opening his voice to full power (see full review). Regrettably in the same month, the duo set down the verismo Cavalleria Rusticana with the more indulgent Serafin on the rostrum (CD 1 trs.9-10). Like the I Pagliacci that followed in 1954, Di Stefano did not stint his open tone in roles really a size too large for his lyric tenor (CD 1 tr.15). At least he was not cast in the spinto role of Pollione in Callas’s first recording of Norma in 1954 nor was he cast as Alvaro in the August 1955 La Forza del destino or as Radames in the Aida recorded the same month, the latter two roles being sung by Richard Tucker. His rendition of La vita e inferno of the same year is included (CD 1 tr.16). It was only published in 1973 and really should have been kept under wraps. His tone is coarse and one has only to compare Bergonzi on the complete 1969 EMI recording to appreciate the beauty in the aria when sung by a tenor with the appropriate vocal resources.

Walter Legge was not always as circumspect in his casting of Di Stefano. When it came to the recording of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in August 1956, the preferred Manrico was Richard Tucker. But Tucker, a devout Jew, would not sing under Von Karajan in view of the latter’s suspect Nazi connections (see full review). Di Stefano was called on (CD 2 trs.2-4 and CD 3 tr.6). Again it is a question of an over-generous artist trying to get more from his instrument than nature intended. His portrayal has moments of beauty and others of strain. In the following month Di Stefano and Callas recorded Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. His voice, despite raw patches, still has ring and his diction is exemplary (CD 2 trs.6-8). The role of Riccardo was one that suited Di Stefano well as was the Duke in Rigoletto. The latter was recorded in 1955 before too much wear was evident in his voice. In my review of the Fonit Cetra re-issue, I recount how my family decided in favour of that issue on the basis of Ferruccio Tagliavini’s singing as the Duke over that of Di Stefano. Whilst the latter was no longer capable of employing the honeyed mezza voce of the former, his Duke has much to commend it (CD 2 trs.1-2 and CD 3 trs.3-5).

The vocal grace of Di Stefano's Riccardo in the 1956 recording of Ballo in Maschera was still in evidence in his British debut performances as Nemorino alongside Callas's Adina in L'elisir d'amore at the Edinburgh Festival in the summer of 1957. Although he had recorded Calaf's Non, piangere liù and Nessun dorma in a recital under Votto in 1955 (CD 1 trs.20-21), Eugenio Fernandi undertook the role in the complete recording of the opera made in July of that year with Callas in the title role. Covent Garden heard him for the first time in 1961, but by 1963 when he sang Rodolfo at the theatre he lasted only one performance and then withdrew; a certain Luciano Pavarotti made an unscheduled début. The best of what was left of his operatic voice can be heard on Karajan’s 1962 studio recording of Tosca now available as a Decca Legend (466 384-2). There is nothing of the beauty of the De Sabata La Scala recording of ten years before, although the open tone and good diction are still present.

After this time Di Stefano’s stage appearances became more sporadic and he gave his last performance at La Scala in 1972; he was fifty-one years of age. His last stage appearances were in the minor role of the Emperor Altoum in Turandot in Rome in 1992. By comparison, Mirella Freni, who I referred to in my opening paragraph, by taking a much more circumspect approach to her repertoire and its suitability for her lyric voice, was still singing at some of the best operatic addresses in her seventh decade.

The plangent tenor voice of Di Stefano’s early years is best heard in the first tracks of CD 1 already referred to, whilst his singing of his native Sicilian folk songs, recorded in 1955 is also enjoyable (CD 2 trs. 14-15). Of interest, and not as far as I know previously available, are the arias in Italian from Carmen and Faust (CD 3 trs.13-14) and also Otello’s Gia nella notte densa (tr.11). This collection records what might have been as well as what was. As such it is a record of a singer who had so much to give but gave too prodigiously and without care for the consequences to his gifts. He preferred the lifestyle of smoking and the fast track to that of dedicated artist. It was his choice and his life. It ended on 3 March 2008.

Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Mignon: Adieu, Mignon! Courage! by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 12/4/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2. Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Light Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 11/301947 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3. Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Herbert Dawson (Organ), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1947 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: 11/30/1947 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5. La traviata: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/9/1947 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
7. Lucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Raffaele Arié (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8. I puritani: Son giá lontani...Corre a valle by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/1953 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9. Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10. Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Ebe Ticozzi (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
11. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Melchiorre Luise (Baritone), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1953 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
12. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1953 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
13. Madama Butterfly: Dovunque al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
14. Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
15. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1954 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
16. La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869. 
17. La Fanciulla del West: Or son sei mesi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
18. La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
19. Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un albero fiorito by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
20. Turandot: Non piangere, Liù by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
21. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/22/1955 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
22. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/1955 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
23. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 9/1955 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
24. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/1955 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
25. Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1956 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
26. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1956 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
27. Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/1956 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
28. Un ballo in maschera: T'eco io sto...Non sai tu by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/1956 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
29. Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/1956 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
30. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
31. La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1956 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
32. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1957 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
33. Manon Lescaut: Oh, sarò la più bella! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1957 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
34. Manon Lescaut: No! pazzo son! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Ventriglia (Baritone), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1957 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
35. A la Barcillunisa by Traditional
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Light Opera Orchestra
Written: Sicily, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/4/1947 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alberto Favara.
This selection is a mono recording. 
36. Cantu a timuni by Traditional
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Light Opera Orchestra
Written: Sicily, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/41947 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alberto Favara.
This selection is a mono recording. 
37. 'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dino Olivieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
38. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 3, Marechiare by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dino Olivieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
39. Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dino Olivieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
40. Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Dino Olivieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
41. I puritani: Nel mirarti un solo istante by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/1953 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
42. I puritani: Vieni fra queste braccia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/1953 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
43. Rigoletto: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi...Addio, addio, speranza by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1955 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
44. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor),
Giuse Gerbino (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1955 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
45. Rigoletto: Addio, addio, speranza by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Forti (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano),
Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Giuse Gerbino (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1955 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
46. Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/1956 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
47. Les pêcheurs de perles: Mon Léila! Mon Léila! by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
48. Les pêcheurs de perles: Ton coeur n'as pas compris by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
49. Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera...Bimba dagli occhi pieni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
50. Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene...O quanti occhi fisi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
51. Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosanna Carteri (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1957 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
52. Iris: Oh, come al tuo sottile by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Rosanna Carteri (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1957 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Composition written: Italy (1898).
Composition revised: Italy (1899). 
53. Carmen: Parle-moi de ma mère by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Rosanna Carteri (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 6/1957 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
54. Faust: Il se fait tard by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Rosanna Carteri (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 6/1957 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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