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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I've always thought that the greatest Otellos were some of the tenors who didn't get to sing the role, but should have done: Caruso or Corelli. There's nothing that can beat the imaginary performance in your head!

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    Isn't that somewhat of a contradiction? Bit like saying the greatest centre forwards were the ones who never played in that position?

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    All plans for Corelli to sing the part of Otello came to nothing because he was apparently wary of undertaking such a strenuous role. We can here snippets of what might have been:


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    All plans for Corelli to sing the part of Otello came to nothing because he was apparently wary of undertaking such a strenuous role. We can here snippets of what might have been:

    What on earth is Corelli doing while Zylis-Gara is singing? Folding his arms, adjusting his tux, licking his lips, wiping his face...? You can hear a prompter giving him his lines at the end. Who uses a prompter for a ten-minute number at a concert? Curious.

    Zylis-Gara was a beautiful singer, a Met stalwart in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    What on earth is Corelli doing while Zylis-Gara is singing? Folding his arms, adjusting his tux, licking his lips, wiping his face...? You can hear a prompter giving him his lines at the end. Who uses a prompter for a ten-minute number at a concert? Curious.

    Zylis-Gara was a beautiful singer, a Met stalwart in those days.
    To not paraphrase Mrs Serafin, who can do anything other than listen with eyes closed in rapture at that voice.

    And to paraphrase Mrs Corelli, I won't hear anything against ma' Franco!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    To not paraphrase Mrs Serafin, who can do anything other than listen with eyes closed in rapture at that voice.

    And to paraphrase Mrs Corelli, I won't hear anything against ma' Franco!

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    Oh yes. John Culshaw tells the story of when they recorded Carmen with Karajan, RCA got a French voice coach in for Corelli but when Ms Corelli found it was a woman she wouldn't let ma' Franco near the coach! She then demanded an extra $1000 for Corelli's attendance at the French lessons she had not let him attend! There were huge rows on the telephone but Ms Corelli got her way as ma' Franco had not yet recorded the Flower Song!
    On another occasion (according to Harold Schoenberg) Corelli had a row with a baritone and refused to sing with him. Even though it was just Corelli being temperamental, the unfortunate baritone was fired because baritones were ten a penny but there was only one ma' Franco! The joys of being a tenor - especially Corelli!
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    I mean... he was certainly Dragonborn in terms of sheer power, but that doesn't mean he couldn't be subtle when needed.

    One Hungarian Heldentenor once said (when asked about how the hell he keeps doing Tamino still) that "you can hit lightly even with a big hammer".

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