There is an interview with di Stefano in the LA Times from 1988:
"The atmosphere was terrible. Tebaldi's mother had died. Renata arrived dressed in black. Her maid was in black. Even her dog was in black. The conductor, Tullio Serafin, was getting old. I was sorry to disappoint my old friend, Cesare Siepi, who was singing the title role, but I went out for a coffee and didn't come back."
Yet di Stefano recorded nearly the entire part. Why did he quit? John Culshaw writes in Putting the Record Straight that di Stefano "had little respect for most of his fellow artists and hardly any at all for conductors. Rehearsals bored him. Above all, he liked the elegant pastimes of life (such as fine food and fast cars), he was a compulsive gambler with a very unreliable track-record." My guess is that the role of Faust in the Boito opera was much too close to home. di Stefano lived the life of Faust. He freaked. (I don't think he ever sang the entire role on stage, only excerpts.)
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