“Pippo” Giuseppe Di Stefano has left this world

There is no way to resume the place Pippo

( 24 July 1921, 3 March 2008) has taken forever, in the history of Opera. Let us just recall that his and De Sabata’s 1953 Tosca is often considered the all times No.1 recording. As the suggested podcasts remind us, he has been among the few, with PierPaolo Pasolini, close to Maria to the last. This means that, besides being a sublime tenor voice,  he was “un gentiluomo” in life, as Montserrat Caballè testifies here. Suozzo and Stinchelli (La Barcaccia, http://www.radio.rai.it/radio3) have made their usual  best in order to commemorate Pippo. Four  podcasts resume and diffuse their craft work. While listening live to No. 4 (Maria and Pippo’s duets, including the one in Act 3, Tosca directed by M. De Sabata), emotion made so many people cry all over Italy.  In fact living in Italy has some advantages:


you can listen to La Barcaccia live every day. No.3 has a unique interview with Montserrat Caballé.


del 12.03.2008. Speciale:

commemorazione di 

Giuseppe Di Stefano (quarta parte)

– Callas e Di Stefano

LA BARCACCIA del 11.03.2008

Speciale: commemorazione di Giuseppe Di Stefano

(terza parte) – Montserrat Caballe`sul grande tenore

LA BARCACCIA del 5.03.2008

Speciale: commemorazione di

Giuseppe Di Stefano (seconda parte)

LA BARCACCIA del 4.03.2008

Speciale: commemorazione di

Giuseppe Di Stefano (prima parte)

 From Alan Byth’s obituary, The Guardian:… in September 1951 he appeared for the first time opposite Callas, in La Traviata at Sao Paolo, with Tito Gobbi, no less, as Father Germont. He and Callas were soon singing regularly opposite each other, first at Mexico City, then at La Scala, and of course in a long list of recordings, the most famous of which, perhaps, is the 1953 Tosca conducted by Victor de Sabata, still a model for all later recordings. They were often partners on stage, for instance, famously in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in 1955 under Herbert von Karajan, a performance recorded live at Berlin, which shows both singers at the absolute peak of achievement, including a repeat of the famous sextet. Another notable combination featured the two under Carlo Maria Guilini in a staging of La Traviata by Luchino Visconti at La Scala, also in 1955, now available on CD. 

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    • I will try, but as far as I know – if they have canceled the podcast link: nothing to do.
      Unfortunately, inasmuch as La Barcaccia alive is HYPER, no one is taking care of the site, with all the hundreds of underemployed technicians they have at RAI !!! What a shame.
      Their relevant podcast site is: http://www.radio3pod.rai.it

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