OP2014. MANON LESCAUT, recorded 1957, w.Serafin Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Giulio Fioravanti, Franco Calabrese, Dino Formichini, Fiorenza Cossotto, etc.; Giuseppe di Stefano: Puccini Arias. (Germany) 2-Naxos 8.112031/32. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 636943203170
"The delicacy of Manon's death scene is heart-wrenching in its pathos and vocal beauty. Prime Callas it is not, but Callas it is, and a dark gem in her musical crown."
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2010
"Transferred by the award-winning Mark Obert-Thorn, this 1957 recording of MANON LESCAUT with Callas singing the title rôle and di Stefano as des Grieux, was one of Callas’s last complete recordings at La Scala, Milan. Although the strain of her recent recording of TURANDOT (Naxos 8.111334–35) sometimes takes its toll, her command of Manon is complete. Those pages that are rarely sung accurately by other lyric sopranos, for example ‘L’ora, o Tirsi’ from Act II, Callas sings with polish and precision, executing the triplets with perfect rhythmic command."
“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