Um pouco por todo o mundo, prosseguem os relatos da morte do imenso Di Stefano.
Desta feita, vejamos o que destaca o New York Times:
«Renowned for his superb voice, Mr. Di Stefano had only brief years at the top, with a repertory that focused on lyric roles like the Duke in “Rigoletto,” the title role in “Faust” and “Werther.”
Rudolf Bing, the longtime general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, asserted that Mr. di Stefano could have been as great as Enrico Caruso if he had demonstrated more restraint in his personal and professional conduct.
Mr. di Stefano conceded that he could be reckless. He reveled in his image as a bon vivant and bragged of his affairs, including a long romance with Maria Callas, his favorite onstage partner.
“I wanted to enjoy life — not just the opera,” he said in an interview for Opera News in 1999, which took place at his villa north of Milan, on the edge of the lake district. “Yes, I smoked a lot. And it’s true I used to gamble, and I would stay up late and sometimes drive around all night. So of course the critics wrote: ‘He was not in shape to go on stage.’ ”
But Mr. di Stefano insisted that it was severe allergies that permanently damaged his voice.»
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