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Di Stefano Biography

Birthdate:24 July 1921
Birthplace:Motta Santa Anastasia (a village near Catania, Sicily)
Studied with: Adriano Tocchio, Luigi Montesanto, Mariano Stabile
Debut:20 April 1946/Reggio Emilia/Des Grieux (Massenet's Manon)
La Scala Debut:15 March 1947/Manon
Metropolitan Debut:25 February 1948/Rigoletto
British Debut: 1957/Edinburgh Festival/Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore)
Covent Garden Debut: 1961/Cavaradossi (Tosca)
Frequently performed roles at the Met: Faust (20 times), Rodolfo in La Boheme (18), Des Grieux (12), Duke of Mantua (10)
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