Monday, March 3, 2008

Giuseppe Di Stefano's Final Act

We all know the classic tenor jokes by heart:

How can you tell when a tenor is really stupid? When the other tenors notice. or How many tenors does it take to change a light bulb? None - he thinks it's the accompanist's job. or Can you sing tenor? Ten or Twenty miles away!

Sure, we've told them all, and laughed, but let us take out a moment to appreciate the tenors who we so voraciously mock, because Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century died today at the age of 86. Di Stefano died from injuries he sustained after being attacked by unidentified assailants at his family's villa in Kenya in 2004.

"Let us remember his great talent and his fascinating interpretations, which brought to stages across the world the feelings and emotions of our best musical tradition," President Giorgio Napolitano said in a message to (wife Monika) Curth.
Di Stefano was a trailblazer for other famous tenors, such as Pavarotti, Domingo and the other guy.

[International Herald Tribune]

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