Role portrait photograph as Des Grieux in Manon signed in full in red ink. Giuseppe DI STEFANO.

Role portrait photograph as Des Grieux in Manon signed in full in red ink.

Waist-length. On glossy paper. Handstamp of the studio of Foto Luxardo, Milan, to verso. 138 x 89 mm.

Signature faded.

"Italian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano... first sang at La Scala in 1947. He made his Metropolitan début in 1948 as the Duke in Rigoletto and continued to appear there until 1965... His singing at that time was notable for its warm, sensual timbre and expressive, impassioned phrasing, which were enhanced by his generous, outgoing personality... Di Stefano made numerous recordings, many of them with Callas, notably Tosca (1953, under De Sabata) and Lucia di Lammermoor (1955, under Karajan); these show his passionate, exuberant style at its most winning." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #23911

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