OP1812. LA BOHEME, recorded 1956, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Zaccaria, etc.; Giuseppe di Stefano & Rosanna Carteri: Love Duets. (E.U.) 2-Naxos 8.111332/33. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Final Copy! - 747313333226
"Callas is very successful in lightening her voice to create a vulnerable and loveable Mimì in Act I, but expanding beautifully, for example, into 'Ma quando vien lo sgelo'. She exhibits all the artistic and vocal touches we expect from her: exquisite portamenti, wonderful variety of tone, verbal acuity and insight. For me, Act III, even more than the concluding Act, shows her at her best: the succession of duets culminating in the great quartet is what you should sample if you are not sure whether you want this set. Callas is inspired and, in turn, inspires her partners. The pathos of her utterance at such moments as 'Buon giorno, Marcello … tutti qui sorridenti a Mimì' is quite unmatched by any other singer, however good. In a sense, singing the supposedly less demanding Mimì was for her like a holiday from killer roles like Turandot, but she brings all her customary dedication to her characterisation of the little seamstress."
- Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International
“Giuseppe di Stefano possessed an especially beautiful voice. It was impossible not to be moved; he truly had the sound of tears in his voice, without being over sentimental. His wonderful piano – and his stirring voice – moved his audience almost beyond endurance.”
- Birgit Nilsson, LA NILSSON, p.116
“…there is much amazingly gorgeous, heartfelt singing [from di Stefano] and a joy in performing….It can be pure unadulterated joy for a sometimes jaded reviewer to listen to...."
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009