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A Bohemian Onstage and Off

Giuseppe di Stefano

Giuseppe di Stefano

Tuesday at 8:00 PM


WFMT’s late program host Andy Karzas would be pleased by this week’s Tuesday Night Opera; it is a recording featuring singers he adored: Licia Albanese and Giuseppe di Stefano.

When the romantic di Stefano died, longtime Met general manager Rudolf Bing, who once fired the tenor, mused that di Stefano could have been as great as Enrico Caruso had he “demonstrated more restraint in his personal and professional conduct,” a reference to rakish behavior.

Di Stefano told Opera News in 1999 that he wanted to, “enjoy life—not just the opera.” He loved to boast of his romances with the likes of Maria Callas and others.

This week you can follow along with The Tuesday Night Opera. Download the libretto.

La boheme Libretto*

The Tuesday Night Opera with Peter Van De Graaff presents Puccini’s La bohème with Di Stefano, Albanese, Valdengo, A Schuh, New Orleans Opera Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Renato Cellini. The broadcast starts at 8:00 PM.

*Online opera resources are hit and miss; no institution has stepped up to fulfill the web’s enormous potential in any comprehensive sort of way. For this week’s Tuesday Night Opera, an Italian-English libretto of La bohème was found on a website belonging to an opera lover named Dennis Albert, who also devotes a considerable amount of his website to fishing. Many thanks to Mr. Albert.

 

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