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|Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:31 am Post subject: Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano dead at 86
|Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano dead at 86
Tuesday, March 4th 2008, 4:00 AM
ROME - Giuseppe Di Stefano, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century and a celebrated singing partner of soprano Maria Callas, died Monday, his wife said. He was 86.
Di Stefano died at home in Santa Maria Hoe, north of Milan, from injuries sustained in a November 2004 attack at his family's villa in Kenya, wife Monika Curth said.
Unidentified assailants struck the retired tenor on the head during the attack. Di Stefano underwent surgery twice in Mombasa before being flown to Milan. He awakened from a coma, but never fully recovered.
"He was 100% disabled, he couldn't even eat alone," Curth said. "Lately he frequently had colds and pneumonia."
Di Stefano, born in Sicily in 1921, made his debut in 1946 in the northern city of Reggio Emilia with Massenet's "Manon," and went on to sing at the world's top opera houses, including Milan's La Scala, New York's Metropolitan, and in Vienna and Berlin.
His last performance was in Rome in 1992.
Known for his powerful voice, Di Stefano also is remembered for his duets with Callas, who performed and recorded with him several times in the 1950s through her final tour in 1973.