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Corelli, Franco

Franco Corelli (fräng´kō kōrĕl´lē), 1921–2003, Italian tenor. He made his operatic debut at Spoleto in 1952 as Don José in Bizet's Carmen and debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in 1961, singing Manrico in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Corelli had a powerful voice and passionate singing style, and was particularly noted for his performances as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot and as Cavaradossi in Tosca.

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Corelli, Franco

Corelli, Franco (b Ancona, 1921). It. tenor. Début Spoleto 1951 (Don José in Carmen); La Scala 1954; CG 1957; NY Met début 1961; Salzburg Fest. 1962. V. of heroic quality in roles such as Manrico and Calaf (Turandot).

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Corelli, Franco

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.

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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

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