Italian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano was in intensive care at a hospital on the Kenyan coast following an attack by unknown assailants last week.

Italian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano was in intensive care at a hospital on the Kenyan coast following an attack by unknown assailants last week. Di Stefano and his wife were attacked in their car Tuesday as they drove away from their villa in Diani, about 270 miles southeast of Nairobi, according to Alex Rono, the senior police official in Coast Province.

Rono declined to say what injuries di Stefano had or any other details.

Di Stefano, 83, is famous for his duets with Maria Callas. Now retired, the singer was a forebear to such tenors as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, and considered one of the world's greatest voices in the 1950s.

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1948 as the Duke in "Rigoletto" and continued to appear there until 1965.


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