October 31, 2003 by

Franco Corelli

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Categories: Musicians

fcorelli.jpgFranco Corelli, one of the top opera stars of the 20th century, died. Cause of death was not released. He was 82.
Born in Ancona, Italy, Corelli was only 30 years old when he won the Maggio Musicale competition in Florence. That same year, he made his debut as Don Jose in “Carmen” at Spoleto.
Hundreds of singing engagements followed as Corelli appeared at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, The Royal Opera in London and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The Met was his favorite venue; he performed there every season from 1961 to 1976.
Corelli sang with many of opera’s greatest voices, including Maria Callas and Birgit Nilsson. A handsome man, he was often cast as the romantic lead in “Don Carlo,” “Aida” and ” La Boheme.”
Sound Clips of Corelli Performances

12 Responses to Franco Corelli

  1. doug risch

    Franco Corelli represents to me the finest tenor
    of the past century. Having sung opera as a
    baritone for the past 35 years I have come to
    admire Franco’s God given gift of voice. His
    range, clarity, power and beauty were unsurpassed.
    One of my close personal friends had sung at the
    met as a young tenor and was on stage with Franco
    for 24 performances. His ‘Trovatore’ aria is
    absolutely unmatched. He will be greatly missed.
    I sincerely feel that we have lost a legend in
    voice.

  2. Angela Trombetta

    Franco, il Grande!
    I cried upon hearing of his passing. Have many autographed pictures of his. I especially treasure the pencil drawing I did of him and he autographed for me. He did not date it but it must have been in 1963. He was my idol during a time when girls my age were infatuated with the Beatles. I was in love with Franco.

  3. hans wagner

    the greatest tenor of all the times has died. never in the opera world will apear a tenor as great as franco corelli. the magic of his voice, the power, clarity, his color and intensity will never be imited. he was the last great tenor and star of the opera who was still alive. now he will sing, not to humans, but yes to the gods. adio franco

  4. karen acampora

    three years ago…seems like yesterday…wish you were here…just to say come devo fare questo suono Franco?Per revederti nella cucina colla Loretta…Thinking of you and remembering…karin….

  5. Carlos Mader

    He was the best and the only! People and Maestros in Brazil, my country say that my voice is similar of the Corelli’s voice! You must to listen me! One thing is true: I sing Opera because i can find in this World Corelli! I love him! Thanks,
    Carlos Mader

  6. Geoff Gelke

    I waited and finally met Corelli in the lobby of
    Vernon Manor Hotel in Cincinnati in 1973, when he and Tebaldi toured the midwest He was accompanied by Anton Guidagno and was absolutely the most strikingly hansom man I ever had the extreme fortune to shake hands with: dark olive
    eyes and great physique – I melted! Later I sent
    my favorite record jacket (he standing by one of
    his Ferrari’s) to his room for autographing, which he graciously did: “To Geoff,Cordially,Corelli”. Wow!

  7. gerard clement

    franco your voice was sensational you had the gift to move people with your god given talent my one regret is that i never saw you perform live. franco thank you for the music

  8. gerard clement

    thank you franco for giving us all the everlasting gift of your beautiful thrilling voice your legacy will live on forever with the recordings you have left us. you moved an excited me with your superb unequalled voice sleep in peace maestro

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