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Franco Corelli passed away in Milano on 29 October 2003 at 82. With his death one of the last great tenors of the 20th century is gone, a tenor that to many was the sole reason for their love of opera.

The attraction of the voice of Franco Corelli was neither stunning beauty nor an exceptional line, it was rather an exciting voice, blasting and with pulsating high notes, almost out of control. It was a fresh delivery to the opera scene in Italy early 1950s, where he on many occasions partnered Maria Callas, founding the legacy of the popular claim "the best tenor ever." He had an exemplary breath control that allowed him to fully dominate diminuendi and pianissimo singing. He was a stunning Calaf, Cheniér or Manrico, where his darker timbre was appreciated, but at the end of his career he successfully scaled down his huge voice and sang roles like Rodolfo, Romeo or Werther.

    Biography and articles:
Biography: Franco Corelli: Tenor of the Century. Written by Joern H. Anthonisen.
Article: The Lauri-Volpi / Corelli Connection, Part 1. Some thoughts on Corelli's technique and his association with Lauri-Volpi. Written by Joern H. Anthonisen.
Article: The Lauri-Volpi / Corelli Connection, Part 2. Lauri-Volpi's influence on Corelli in terms of interpretation. Written by Dr Joseph Fragala.
Article: The Lowered Larynx Technique. A brief outline of the vocal technique by Arturo Melocchi and adopted by Franco Corelli. Written by Joern H. Anthonisen.
Franco Corelli: The Best
Thread of Condolences upon news of Corelli's death
Audio Files:
Il fiore que m'avevi tu dato (Carmen, 1954). 16kbps mp3PRO. Size: 570 kb
Core n'grato (live). 16kbps mp3PRO. Size: 491 kb
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