Corelli, Franco , outstanding Italian tenor; b. Ancona, April 8, 1921. He studied naval engineering at the Univ. of Bologna; in 1947 he entered the Pesaro Cons, to study voice; dissatisfied with the academic training, he left the Cons, and proceeded to learn the repertoire by listening to recordings of great singers. He made his operatic debut at the Spoleto Festival in 1952 as Don Jose; then sang at the Rome Opera in 1953 and at Milan’s La Scala in 1954; he appeared at London’s Covent Garden in 1957. On Jan. 27, 1961, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y as Manrico in II Trovatore’, while continuing on its roster until 1975, he also appeared with major opera houses worldwide. Among his finest roles were Radames, Ernani, Don Alvaro, Raoul, and Calaf.
M. Boagno, F. G: Un uomo, una voce (Parma, 1990; Eng. tr., 1996, as F. G: A Man, a Voice).—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire