An international soprano is told her husband is dying

An international soprano is told her husband is dying


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2017

The New Zealand soprano Anna Leese, who has sung at Covent Garden and across Europe, recently married an Italian winemaker, Stefano Guidi, They have a small child.


Stefano has received terrible news. He has an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease that is advancing fast. He has two years to live, they have been told.

Funds are needed to help Anna cope.

Friends have organised an benefit concert in London. Please try to go.

Details below. And read Stefano’s blog about their situation.

A Gala Benefit Concert – Singing for Stefano

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH (Location)

7.00pm on Saturday 8th April 2017


This star studded gala concert is being organised by the musical friends of New Zealand opera star Anna Leese to support husband Stefano Guidi, Anna and their baby Matteo in a time of great need.

The evening will be hosted by renowned baritone Sir Thomas Allen with many other star singers including Sophie Bevan, Sarah Castle, Jacques Imbrailo, Madeleine Pierard, David Butt Philip and Wendy Dawn Thompson, accompanied by Bryan Evans, Alisdair Hogarth and Gary Matthewman and Lada Valesova.


The patrons include two of the world’s great singers, José Carreras and Thomas Allen, along with the UK’s leading opera patron, Sir Vernon Ellis, this and  New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith and his wife Alexandra.


New Zealand soprano Anna Leese trained at the Royal College of Music and has regularly graced the stage and concert platform in the UK and Europe.


Stefano, a passionate Italian wine maker and beautiful family man had only recently moved to New Zealand to create a new life with Anna. Last year just before the birth of Matteo, Stefano was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease. Already he is facing many frightening challenges, which require great emotional, physical and financial support. This is vividly described in Anna’s blog Happy New Year at

Our target is to raise £25,000 through this event, which will help them make the most of life and support Anna through the difficult times ahead. Tickets start at £25.


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  • Lois says:

    Deep thought! Thanks for cotunibtring.