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Franco Corelli

"Thrilling" is the word that inevitably seems to come up in discussion of Franco Corelli, whether in reference to his powerful, immediately identifiable voice or his matinee idol good looks. (He was one of the few tenors whose appearance was actually enhanced by Renaissance style tights, and after one such appearance was nicknamed "The Golden Calves.") While he was no stylist, or rather, sang everything "Corelli style," altering rhythms to suit his voice, inserting or prolonging high notes whenever he felt like it, and almost never displaying a high level of finesse, nuance, or sensivitiy to phrasing, for his admirers, he was the quintessence of operatic excitement.

Rather unusually, he did not come from a musical family, discovered his own talent relatively late in life, and was almost completely self taught. He had studied for an engineering career, but friends encouraged him to think about music, and he briefly studied at the Pesaro Conservatory when he was in his early twenties. In 1951, he won the Maggio Musicale competition, but decided to discontinue formal musical studies shortly afterwards. Instead, he spent his time listening to recordings of great tenors of the past, particularly Caruso, Gigli, and Lauri-Volpi, in the repertoire which he himself hoped to sing. He made his operatic debut as Don Jose in a production of Carmen in Spoleto, also during 1951.

Despite not having the network of teachers that many students have, he quickly grew in reputation, appeared in a television production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and made his La Scala debut in Spontini's La Vestale as Licinio, in 1954. His Covent Garden debut in 1957 was as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, and his Metropolitan Opera debut as Manrico in 1961. While he had a definite "bleat" in his voice during his early years that led to some critics dubbing him "PeCorelli" (Italian for "goat"), he did learn to overcome that, and also to add a ravishing pianissimo to his singing, though his phrasing remained more or less crude. Over the coming years, La Scala and the Met were the houses where he appeared most frequently. He constantly suffered from stage fright, and many of his divo antics, offstage and on, might have stemmed from that, but on stage, he cut a dashing figure, though somewhat more inclined to pose than to act. In one memorable staging of Don Carlo, feeling that Boris Christoff, the bass singing King Philip was getting too much audience attention, he provoked a genuine sword fight with the no less feisty Christoff during the auto-da-fe scene, until a brave supernumerary (spear carrier) physically separated the two. In yet another staging of the same scene and opera, he didn't come out onto the stage until long after his cue; he had been in the middle of a dispute backstage, and wanted to win that before he came out to sing.

He sang a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoire, including several works that had been relative obscurities, such as Meyerbeer's Les Hugenots and Donizetti's Poliuto. Appropriately, considering how he learned to sing, he made several recordings, mostly for EMI/Angel. Among the recordings that capture him at his best are an Andrea Chenier, conducted by Santini (EMI CDS5 65287-2) and a selection of arias and songs (EMI Double Forte CZS 569530 2.) ~ Ann Feeney
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Verdi: Don Carlo

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: A Discographic Career

Disc 1
Disc 2

12. Messa Da Requiem: Ingemisco

Disc 3

8. Core 'ngrato

9. Senza Nisciuno

10. Adda Turna

11. 'O Paese D' 'o Sole

12. Pecche?

13. Fenesta Che Lucive

14. Piscatore 'e Pusilleco

15. Tu, Ca Nun Chiagne!

17. Torna A Surriento

18. Dicitencello Vuie

19. Guapparia

20. Silenzio Cantatore

21. Voce 'e Notte

22. O Marenariello

23. O Sole Mio

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Track List: Giordano: Andrea Chenier (1958)

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Passione

1. Guapparia

2. Passione

3. Core 'ngrato

4. Addio Mia Bella Napoli

5. Dicitencello Vuie

6. O Sole Mio

7. A Vuchella

8. Torna A Surriento

9. O 'surdato Innamurato

10. O Marenariello

11. Na Sera E Maggio

12. Senza Nisciuno

13. Fenesta Che Lucive

14. Addà Turnà

15. Silenzio Cantatore

16. Voce 'e Notte

17. Torna!

18. Piscatore 'e Pusilleco

19. I' Te Vurria Vasa

20. O Paese D'o Sole

21. Turandot: Acto III - Nessun Dorma

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Track List: The Magnificent Tenor

1. Andrea Chénier: "Come Un Bel Di Di Maggio"

2. Lodoletta: "Se Franz Dicesse Il Verro!"

3. I Pagliacci: "Vesti La Giubba"

4. Fedora: "Amor Ti Vieta"

5. Mefistole: "Giunto Sul Passo Estremo"

6. Cavalleria Rusticana: "Addio Alla Madre"

7. Carmen: "Il Fiore Che Avevi A Me Tu Dato"

8. Werther: "Ah! Non Mi Ridestar"

9. Andrea Chénier: "Un Di All'azzurro Spazio"

10. I Pagliacci: "No! Pagliaccio Non Son"

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Track List: Memories Of Naples

1. Dicitencello Vuje

2. Guapparia

3. Silenzio Cantatore

4. Voce 'E Notte!

5. 'O Mar Nariello

6. Passione

7. 'O Sole Mio

8. 'O Surdato 'Nnammurato

9. 'A Vucchella

10. Torna!

11. 'Na Sera 'E Maggio

12. Addio, Mia Bella Napoli

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Track List: Franco Corelli: A Perfect Tenor

1. Aida: Se quel guerrier io fossi. Celeste Aida

2. Ernani: Merce diletti amici. Come rugiada al cespite

3. I Lombardi: La mia letizia infondere

4. La Forza del Destino: La vita inferno. O tu che seno in angeli

5. Il Trovatore: Deserto sulla terra

6. Il Trovatore: Ah, si ben mio. Di quella pira.

7. Andrea Chenier: Un di all'azzuro spazio

8. Andrea Chenier: Come un bel di di maggio

9. Fedora: Amor ti vieta

10. Fedora: Mia madre, la mia vecchia madre. Vedi io piango

11. Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma quel vino e generoso

12. Lodaletta: Se Franz dicesse il vero

13. Adriana Lecouvrer: La dolcissima effige

14. La Fanciulla del West: Una parola sola!. Or son sei mesi.

15. Madama Butterfly: Addio fiorito asil

16. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle

17. Turandot: Non piangere Liù

18. Turandot: Nessun dorma

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Track List: Operatic Arias

1. La Fanciulla Del West: "Or Son Sei Mesi"

2. Adriana Lecouvreur: "La Dolcissima Effige"

3. Tosca: "Recondita Armonia"

4. Turandot: "Nessun Dorma"

5. La Fanciulla Del West: "Ch'ella Mi Creda"

6. Tosca: "E Lucevan Le Stelle"

7. La Favorita: "Una Vergin, Un Angel Di Dio"

8. Turandot: "Non Piangere, Liu"

9. Adriana Lecouvreur: "L'Anima Ho Stanca"

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Track List: Legendary Performances Of Franco Corelli

Disc 1

1. Pagliacci: Prologue

2. Pagliacci: "Si Può?" (Tonio)

3. Pagliacci: Act I, "Son Qua!" (Chorus, Canio)

4. Pagliacci: Act I, "Un Grande Spettacolo" (Canio, Chorus, Beppe, Tonio)

5. Pagliacci: Act I, "Un Tal Gioco, Credetemi" (Canio, Nedda, Chorus)

6. Pagliacci: Act I, "I Zampognari!... Din, Don" (Chorus, Canio)

7. Pagliacci: Act I, "Qual Fiamma Avea Nel Guardo... Che Volo D'augelli!" (Nedda)

8. Pagliacci: Act I, "Sei Là! Credea Che Te Ne Fossi Andato" (Tonio, Nedda)

9. Pagliacci: Act I, "Nedda!... Silvio, A Quest'ora" (Silvio, Nedda, Tonio)

10. Pagliacci: Act I, "E Allor Perchè, Dì, Tu M'hai Stregato" (Silvio, Nedda)

11. Pagliacci: Act I, "Cammina Adagio" (Tonio, Silvio, Nedda, Canio, Beppe)

12. Pagliacci: Act I, "Recitar!... Vesti La Giubba" (Canio)

13. Pagliacci: Act I, "Intermezzo" (Orchestra)

14. Pagliacci: Act II, "Presto, Affrettiamoci Svelto, Compare" (Chorus, Tonio, Canio, Beppe, Silvio, Nedda)

15. Pagliacci: Act II, "Pagliacco, Mio Marito, Commedia" (Nedda, Beppe, Tonio)

16. Pagliacci: Act II, "Arlecchin!... Colombina!" (Nedda, Beppe, Tonio)

17. Pagliacci: Act II, "Nome Di Dio! Quelle Stesse Parole!" (Canio, Nedda, Tonio)

18. Pagliacci: Act II, "No, Pagliaccio Non Son" (Canio, Chorus, Nedda)

19. Pagliacci: Act II, "Suvvia, Così Terribile... No, Per Mia Madre!" (Nedda, Canio, Silvio, Chorus)

Disc 2

1. Tosca: Act I, "Ah! Finalmente!" (Angelotti, Sacristan, Cavaradossi)

2. Tosca: Act I, "Dammi I Colori!... Recondita Armonia" (Cavaradossi, Sacristan, Angelotti, Tosca)

3. Tosca: Act I, "Mario! Mario! Mario!" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

4. Tosca: Act I, "Non La Sospiri La Nostra Casetta" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

5. Tosca: Act I, "Qual Occhio Al Mondo Può Star Di Paro" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)

6. Tosca: Act I, "È Buona La Mia Tosca, Ma Credente" (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Sacristan, Chorus)

7. Tosca: Act I, "Un Tal Baccano In Chiesa!" (Scarpia, Sacristan, Spoletta)

8. Tosca: Act I, "Mario? Mario?... Il Pittor Cavaradossi?" (Tosca, Sacristan, Scarpia)

9. Tosca: Act I, "Ed Io Venivo A Lui Tutta Dogliosa" (Tosca, Scarpia)

10. Tosca: Act I, "Tre Sbirri... Una Carrozza... Te Deum" (Scarpia, Spoletta, Chorus)

11. Tosca: Act II, "Tosca È Un Buon Falco!" (Scarpia, Sciarrone)

12. Tosca: Act II, "O Galantuomo, Come Andò La Caccia?" (Scarpia, Spoletta, Chorus, Cavaradossi, Tosca)

13. Tosca: Act II, "Dov'è Angelotti?" (Scarpia, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Tosca)

14. Tosca: Act II, "Ed Or Fra Noi Parliamo" (Scarpia, Tosca, Sciarrone, Cavaradossi)

15. Tosca: Act II, "Orsù, Tosca, Parlate" (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Sciarrone)

Disc 3

1. Tosca: Act II, "Floria!... Amore!" (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Scarpia, Sciarrone)

2. Tosca: Act II, "La Povera Mia Cena Fu Interrotta" (Scarpia, Tosca)

3. Tosca: Act II, "Vissi D'arte" (Tosca, Scarpia)

4. Tosca: Act II, "Vedi, Le Man Giunte Io Stendo A Te" (Tosca, Scarpia, Spoletta)

5. Tosca: Act II, "Io Tenni La Promessa" (Scarpia, Tosca)

6. Tosca: Act III, Introduction, "Mario Cavaradossi? A Voi." (Shepard, Jailer, Cavaradossi)

7. Tosca: Act III, "E Lucevan Le Stelle" (Cavaradossi)

8. Tosca: Act III, "Franchigia A Floria Tosca" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)

9. Tosca: Act III, "Il Tuo Sangue O Il Mio Amor Volea" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

10. Tosca: Act III, "O Dolci Mani" (Cavaradossi)

11. Tosca: Act III, "Senti... L'ora È Vicina" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

12. Tosca: Act III, "Amaro Sol Per Te M'era Il Morire" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)

13. Tosca: Act III, "Parlami Ancor Come Dianzi Parlavi" (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Jailer)

14. Tosca: Act III, "Com'è Lunga L'attesa!" (Tosca, Sciarrone, Spoletta, Chorus)

Disc 4

1. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Questo Azzurro Sofà" (Majordomo, Gérard)

2. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Il Giorno Intorno Già S'insera Lentamente" (Maddalena, Gérard, Countess, Bersi)

3. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Per Stasera Pazienza!" (Maddalena, Countess, Fléville, Abbé, Chorus)

4. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Passiamo La Sera Allegramente!" (Fléville, Chorus, Abbé)

5. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Signor Chenier?" (Countess, Chenier, Fléville, Abbé, Maddalena, Chorus)

6. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Colpito Qui M'avete... Un Dì All'azzurro Spazio" (Chenier)

7. Andrea Chenier: Act I, "Perdonatemi!" (Maddalena, Countess, Chorus, Gérard)

8. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Per L'ex Inferno!" (Mathieu, Bersi, L'Incredibile)

9. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Roucher!... Credo A Una Possanza Aracana" (Chenier, Roucher)

10. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Calligrafia Invero Femminil!" (Roucher, Chenier, Chorus, Mathieu)

11. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Eccole! Strani Tempi!" (Roucher, Chenier, Bersi, L'Incredibile, Mathieu)

12. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Ecco L'altare" (Maddalena, Chenier, L'Incredibile)

13. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Eravate Possente... Ora Soave, Sublime Ora D'amore!" (Maddalena, Chenier)

14. Andrea Chenier: Act II, "Maddalena Di Coigny!... Gérard!" (Gérard, Maddalena, Chenier, Roucher, L'Incredibile, Mathieu, Chorus)

Disc 5

1. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Dumouriez, Traditore" (Mathieu, Chorus, Gérard)

2. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Lacrime E Sangue Dà La Francia!" (Gérard, Chorus)

3. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Son La Vecchia Madelon" (Madelon, Gérard, Chorus)

4. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "L'uccello È Nella Rete!" (L'Incredibile, Gérard)

5. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Nemico Della Patria?" (Gérard)

6. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Or Io Rinnego Il Santo Grido!" (Gérard, L'Incredibile, Maddalena, Mathieu)

7. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "La Mamma Morta" (Maddalena)

8. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Corpo Di Moribonda È Il Corpo Mio!" (Maddalena, Gérard, Chorus, Mathieu, Duman, Fouquier-Tinville)

9. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Andrea Chenier!... Si, Fui Soldato" (Dumas, Gérard, Chorus, Chenier, Maddalena)

10. Andrea Chenier: Act III, "Udiamo I Testimoni!" (Fouquier-Tinville, Gérard, Chorus, Chenier, Dumas)

11. Andrea Chenier: Act IV, "Cittadino... Come Un Bel Dì Di Maggio" (Schmidt, Roucher, Chenier)

12. Andrea Chenier: Act IV, "Viene A Costei Concesso" (Gérard, Schmidt, Maddalena)

13. Andrea Chenier: Act IV, "Benedico Il Destino... Vicino A Te S'aqueta" (Maddalena, Gérard, Chenier, Schmidt)

Disc 6

1. Poliuto: Overture (Orchestra, Chorus)

2. Poliuto: Act I, "Scendiam... Ancor Ci Asconda" (Chorus)

3. Poliuto: Act I, "Tu Sei Commosso!" (Nearco, Poliuto)

4. Poliuto: Act I, "D'un'alma Troppo Fervida" (Poliuto)

5. Poliuto: Act I, "Ove M'inoltro?" (Paolina)

6. Poliuto: Act I, "In Fiamma Quest'alma... Di Quai Soavi Lagrime" (Chorus, Paolina)

7. Poliuto: Act I, "Mira... Donna!... Oggetto De' Miei Numi" (Nearco, Poliuto, Paollina)

8. Poliuto: Act I, "Perchè Di Stolto Giubilo" (Paolina)

9. Poliuto: Act I, "Plausi All'inclito Severo" (Chorus)

10. Poliuto: Act I, "Decio, Signor Del Mondo... Di Tua Beltade Immagine" (Severo)

11. Poliuto: Act I, "Come Fausta È A Noi L'aurora... No, L'acciar Non Fu Spietato" (Callistene, Severo, Felice, Chorus)

Disc 7

1. Poliuto: Act II, "Inoltra Il Piè" (Callistene, Severo)

2. Poliuto: Act II, "Il Più Lieto Dei Viventi... Quest'alma È Troppo Debole" (Severo, Paolina)

3. Poliuto: Act II, "Veleno È L'aura Ch'io Respiro!... Sfolgorò Divino Raggio" (Poliuto, Chorus)

4. Poliuto: Act II, "Celeste Un'aura" (Chorus, Callistene, Severo, Nearco)

5. Poliuto: Act II, "La Sacrilega Parola, Sextet" (Severo, Callistene, Felice, Paolina, Poliuto, Nearco, Chorus)

6. Poliuto: Act II, "Lasciami In Pace Morire" (Ensemble)

7. Poliuto: Act III, "Ecco Il Sommo Pontefice... Alimento Alla Fiamma Si Porga" (Priests, Callistene)

8. Poliuto: Act III, "Donna! Malvagio!" (Poliuto)

9. Poliuto: Act III, "Ah! Fuggi Da Morte" (Paollina, Poliuto)

10. Poliuto: Act III, "Alle Fiere Chi Oltraggia Gli Dei... Il Suon Dell'arpe Angeliche" (Chorus, Severo, Callistene, Paolina, Poliuto)

Disc 8

1. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, Prelude

2. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Nei Bei Dì Di Giovinezza" (Nevers)

3. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Qui Sotto Il Ciel Della Turenna" (Raoul)

4. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Piace Della Mensa" (Chorus)

5. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Versate In Abbondanza" (Nevers)

6. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Non Lungi Dalle Torri... Bianca Al Par, Più Bianca Del Velo" (Raoul)

7. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Qual Mai Strana Figura" (Tavannes)

8. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Ma Che? Ben Osservando" (De Cosse)

9. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Piff! Paff! Piff!" (Marcello)

10. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Del Castello Al Signor" (Servant)

11. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "L'avventura È Singolare" (Tavannes, De Retz)

12. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Scioglier Si Dee L'imen" (Nevers)

13. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Vaga Donna Illustre E Cara, Nobil Donna, Page's Song" (Urbano)

14. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Talor Soverchio Merto" (Nevers)

15. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Lieto Suol Della Turenna, O Vago Suol Della Turenna" (Margarita)

16. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Che La Lotta Fatal" (Margarita)

17. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Chi Giunge Qui" (Margarita)

Disc 9

1. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, Chorus

2. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Raoul, La Vostra Fè" (Margarita)

3. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Scender Nel Mio Petto" (Margarita)

4. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act I, "Per L'onor, Per La Fè Degli Avi Miei" (Raoul, San Bris, Nevers)

5. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Ecco Il Giorno Di Festa... Rat-A-Plan" (Chorus)

6. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Vergin Del Cielo" (Chorus)

7. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Su Venite, Siamo Qua" (Chorus)

8. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Per Compire Un Voto Di Pietà" (Nevers)

9. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Tornate Alla Vostra Magion" (Archer, Chorus)

10. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Nell'orror Di Cupa Notte" (Marcel)

11. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Ah! L'infido! Quest'anima Amante" (Valentina)

12. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Tu M'intendesti?... Addio" (Valentina)

Disc 10

1. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Su, Su Marcel" (Marcello)

2. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act II, "Alt, Olà; Rispettate Di Novarra La Regine" (Urbano)

3. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Alfin Son Sola" (Valentina)

4. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Di Caterina Un Cenno" (San Bris)

5. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "La Causa È Santa" (San Bris)

6. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Su Voi Fidar Può Il Re?" (San Bris)

7. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "E Voi Che Rispondeste" (San Bris)

8. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Gloria A Dio Vendicatore, Benedition Of The Swords" (Monks)

9. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Raoul... Ove Vai Tu?" (Valentina, Raoul)

10. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Stringe Il Periglio" (Raoul)

11. Gli Ugonotti (Les Huguenots): Act III, "Non Ascolti Un Suon Funebre?" (Raoul)

Disc 11

1. Il Trovatore: Act I, "All'erta! All'erta!" (Ferrando, Chorus)

2. Il Trovatore: Act I, "Di Due Figli Vivea, Padre Beato... Abbietta Zingara" (Ferrando, Chorus)

3. Il Trovatore: Act I, "Che Più T'arresti?... Tacea La Notte Placida" (Inez, Leonora)

4. Il Trovatore: Act I, "Tace La Notte!... Deserto Sulla Terra" (Count, Manrico, Leonora)

5. Il Trovatore: Act I, "No! Di Geloso Amor Sprezzato" (Count Leonora, Manrico)

6. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie, Anvil Chorus" (Chorus)

7. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Stride La Vampa!" (Azucena, Chorus, Manrico)

8. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Soli Or Siamo, Deh Narra... Condotta Ell'era In Ceppi" (Manrico, Azucena)

9. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Mal Reggendo All'aspro Assalto" (Manrico, Azucena, Messenger)

10. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Perigliarti Ancor Languente" (Azucena, Manrico)

11. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Tutto È Deserto... Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso" (Count, Ferrando)

12. Il Trovatore: Act II, "Ardir!... Andiam... Celiamoci" (Ferrando, Chorus, Count, Leonora, Inez)

13. Il Trovatore: Act II, "E Deggio? E Posso Crederlo?" (Leonora, Count, Manrico, Ferrando, Chorus, Inez, Ruiz)

Disc 12

1. Il Trovatore: Act III, "Or Co' Dadi, Ma Fra Poco" (Chorus, Ferrando)

2. Il Trovatore: Act III, "In Braccio Al Mio Rival!" (Count, Ferrando, Chorus, Azucena)

3. Il Trovatore: Act III, "Giorni Poveri Vivea" (Azucena, Ferrando, Count, Chorus)

4. Il Trovatore: Act III, "Deh, Rallentate, O Barbari" (Azucena, Count, Ferrando, Chorus)

5. Il Trovatore: Act III, "Quale D'armi Fragore" (Leonora, Manrico)

6. Il Trovatore: Act III, "Manrico?...Che?...Di Quella Pira" (Ruiz, Manrico, Leonora, Chorus)

7. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Siam Giunti... D'amor Sull'ali Rosee" (Ruiz, Leonora)

8. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Miserere D'un'alma Già Vicina" (Chorus, Leonora, Manrico)

9. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Udiste? Come Albeggi" (Count, Leonora)

10. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Madre, Non Dormi?" (Manrico, Azucena)

11. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Sì, La Stanchezza M'opprime, Mio Figlio... Ai Nostri Monti" (Azucena, Manrico)

12. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Ciel! Non M'inganna" (Manrico, Leonora, Azucena)

13. Il Trovatore: Act IV, "Prima Che D'altri Vivere" (Leonora, Manrico, Count, Azucena)

Disc 13

1. Turandot: Act I, "Popolo Di Pekino! La Legge È Questa" (Mandarin, Chorus, Liù)

2. Turandot: Act I, "Gira La Cote, Gira, Gira!" (Chorus)

3. Turandot: Act I, "O Giovinetto! Grazia! Grazia!" (Chorus, Calaf)

4. Turandot: Act I, "Figlio, Che Fai? T'arresta!" (Timur, Calaf, Liù)

5. Turandot: Act I, "Fermo! Che Fai? T'arresta!" (Ping, Pang, Pong, Calaf, Chorus, Timur)

6. Turandot: Act I, "Signore, Ascolta!" (Liù)

7. Turandot: Act I, "Non Piangere, Liù!" (Calaf, Liù, Timur, Ping, Pang, Pong, Chorus)

8. Turandot: Act II, "Olà Pang, Olà Pong!" (Ping, Pang, Pong)

9. Turandot: Act II, "Ho Una Casa Nell'Honan" (Ping, Pang, Pong, Chorus)

10. Turandot: Act II, Introduction (Orchestra)

11. Turandot: Act II, "Gravi, Enormi Ed Imponenti" (Chorus)

12. Turandot: Act II, "Un Giuramento Atroce Mi Costringe" (Emperor, Calaf, Chorus)

13. Turandot: Act II, "Popolo Di Pekino! La Legge È Questa" (Mandarin, Chorus)

Disc 14

1. Turandot: Act II, "In Questa Reggia" (Turandot, Chorus, Calaf)

2. Turandot: Act II, "Straniero, Ascolta" (Turandot, Calaf, Chorus, Emperor, Liù)

3. Turandot: Act II, "Figlio Del Cielo! Padre Augusto!" (Turandot, Emperor, Chorus, Calaf)

4. Turandot: Act II, "Tre Enigmi M'hai Proposto" (Calaf, Emperor, Chorus)

5. Turandot: Act III, "Così Comanda Turandot" (Chorus)

6. Turandot: Act III, "Nessun Dorma" (Calaf, Chorus, Ping, Pang, Pong, Turandot, Liù, Timur)

7. Turandot: Act III, "Tanto Amore Segreto" (Liù, Turandot, Ping, Calaf, Chorus)

8. Turandot: Act III, "Tu Che Di Gel Sei Cinta" (Liù, Chorus, Calaf)

9. Turandot: Act III, "Liù! Liù! Sorgi!" (Timur, Ping, Chorus, Pong, Pang)

10. Turandot: Act III, "Principessa Di Morte!" (Calaf, Turandot)

11. Turandot: Act III, "Che È Mai Di Me?" (Turandot, Calaf, Chorus)

12. Turandot: Act III, "Diecimila Anni Al Nostro Imperatore" (Chorus, Turandot)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Franco Corelli

Disc 1
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Title: I Puritani, Opera
Title: Norma, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera
Title: Aida, Opera
Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Title: Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera (Melodramma) In 1 Act
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Title: Pagliacci, Opera
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Andrea Chénier, Opera
Disc 2
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Title: Tosca, Opera
Title: Turandot, Opera
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: La Favorita, Opera
Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Title: La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Francesco Cilea
Title: Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Title: Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts
Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Roméo Et Juliette, Opera
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Serse (Xerxes), Opera, Hwv 40
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)

15. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6): Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria)

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Petite Messe Solennelle, For Soloists, 2 Pianos, Harmonium & Choir
Composer: Salvatore Cardillo
Title: Core 'Ngrato (Catari), For Voice & Orchestra

17. Core 'Ngrato (Catari), For Voice & Orchestra: Core 'Ngrato

Composer: Ernesto de Curtis
Title: Torna A Surriento, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)

18. Torna A Surriento, For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra): Torna A Surriento

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Agree with all accolades- a young Correlli in Trovatore is something else
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A true operatic hero
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The greatest Tenor that ever lived unbelievable
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Bravo Franco!!!
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Good
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Just as Evertgerrits e n stated, all pale in comparison; and this using yesteryear's recording equipment, if only to have been there live!
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rileyws
A wonderful voice. Try Anthony Kearns you will like it. Bill
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No tenors like that anymore
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Who is the soprano here.. Want to know names of leading soloists.
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I met Franco Corelli back stage after one of his performances . He autographed my record album. Magnificent voice marcia1934
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A voice I never tire of hearing!
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evertgerrits e n
With all due respect for all tenors, past and present, nobody has ever surpassed Maestro Corelli's brilliance and technique.
He certainly was one of the greatest of all times.
Thank God for his many recordings.

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