Corelli, Franco [Dario]
- Rodolfo Celletti
- , revised by Alan Blyth
(b Ancona, April 8, 1921; d Milan, Oct 29, 2003). Italian tenor. He studied at Pesaro and made his début in 1951 at Spoleto in Carmen, subsequently appearing in various Italian theatres. In 1954 he sang at La Scala, returning there until 1965. He made a sensational Covent Garden début, as Cavaradossi, in 1957, and was first heard in 1961 at the Berlin Städtische Oper and at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1963. After his Metropolitan début as Manrico (1961), he was engaged at that house every year during the following decade, in that time singing 282 performances of 18 roles. He appeared at the Paris Opéra and the Vienna Staatsoper in 1970 and at the Verona Arena in 1970 and 1972.
The possessor of a large, stentorian voice, Corelli was limited at first to verismo roles in the middle of the tenor range. But later he developed a strong and extended upper register and acquired the ability to inflect and vary his tone. Long the finest exponent of the Italian ...