Franco Corelli - The Unknown Recordings

Corelli performs recordings from 1967 and 1964, which have been digitally cleaned up and show him at the height of his powers

Composer: Various
Repertoire: Various Operatic Works
Artists: Franco Corelli (tenor), various orchestras
Rating: 4/5 
Genre: Opera
Label: EMI 562 6992

The Rough Guide to Opera describes Corelli as ‘one of the most intoxicatingly vulgar singers of the 20th century’. If Rambo could sing opera, this is what it would sound like – huge, thrilling and more about spectacular top notes than sensitive phrasing. He even sings a gorgeous rarity from Catalani’s opera Loreley.  A great tribute.