Role portrait photograph as Andrea Chenier signed in full

CORELLI, Franco 1921-2003

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Waist-length. On glossy photographic paper with margins. Autograph signature and inscription in black ink to lower margin: "Al Dott[ore] Silva Santos per cordialissimo ricordo Lisboa 5.5.1957." No photographer indicated. 176 x 113 mm.Upper portion slightly browned and abraided; inscription slightly faded. Italian tenor Franco Corelli had an illustrious career. "From 1954 he sang at La Scala. He made a sensational Covent Garden début, as Cavaradossi, in 1957. 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. 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. Bookseller Inventory #

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