Giuseppe di Stefano was called the bad boy of opera for choosing an exuberant life style over of a complete dedication to his art. But many still say he was one of the great tenors of the twentieth century and his early recordings show us why.
The salon opera was a staple of the 19th century, and this week we have Pauline Viardot's one act Cendrillon. Based on Cinderella, it is more comic than tragic. She first presented it at her famous Parisian salon in 1904.