Role portrait photograph of the noted tenor as Radames in Verdi's Aida signed in full. Franco CORELLI.

Role portrait photograph of the noted tenor as Radames in Verdi's Aida signed in full.

Three-quarter-length. From the studios of Louis Mélançon. Ca. 253 x 205 mm.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century, Franco Corelli sang at many of Europe's major opera houses, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Paris Opéra. "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... 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 spinto tenor repertory (Ernani, Manrico, Radames, Don Alvaro, Andrea Chénier, Calaf, all preserved on disc), he successfully tackled some extremely difficult roles at La Scala between 1958 and 1962: Gualtiero in Il pirata, the title role in Donizetti’s Poliuto and Raoul in Les Huguenots. His handsome appearance and, in certain operas (especially Carmen), his vivid acting, made him a magnetic presence on stage." Rodolfo Celletti and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #23794

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