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    Default Best Corelli's Turandot

    The website says there are (at least) 12 recordings of Puccini's Turandot featuring the legendary Franco Corelli as the principal (male) role. The first appears to be 1958 (RAI) and the last 1970 (MET).

    I have the 1965 recording with Nilsson and Scotto, orchestra of the Rome theater conducted by Molinari-Pradelli, where Corelli probably surpasses all the other tenors with an outstanding diminuendo on morirò (Dimmi il mio nome prima dell'alba, e all'alba morirò) at the end of the second act.

    What I'm looking for is to know which recording among all survived, demonstrates him at his best. Any recommendation? (Sorry for my poor English)
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    Live recordings like the La Scala in 1964, the Metropolitan opera in 1966, or the Metropolitan Opera in 1961 all with Nilsson. Or any of the others until 1970 that you can find. There are many that are hard to find or out of print. All you can do it keep looking.
    Corelli’s centenary is coming up next week (April 8 2021) - there may be some reissues.

    Here’s one from 1958 from RAI Milano (available from VAI video) he lip-synchs from his own performance in the studio.

    Last edited by MAS; Apr-04-2021 at 17:55.

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    That's a difficult question, his best performance of the role was probably at La Scala in '64 with Nilsson and Vishnevskaya and for many this is the best live Turandot recording in existence. However, I prefer the performance with Nilsson and Freni from the Met in 1966 conducted by Mehta. Corelli is somewhat tentative during his first lines in act one, but once past those he sings as well as he did in the role, the sound is much clearer than the '64 at La Scala or the '61 under Stokowski at the Met and I prefer Freni over Vishnevskaya or Moffo and I prefer Mehta's conducting. The sound is superb for a live recording of that era and you can hear how Nilsson and Corelli could fill a theatre with their sound.

    Corelli also sang the role with other Turandot's but he and Nilsson were the dream team in this opera. His singing was pretty consistent and so when choosing his live recordings I would suggest going with the ones that have singers you prefer in the other parts.


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    I have both 64 Scala live and 65 studio ones (both outstanding documents, 64 Scala being a Teatro Alla Scala Memories 2CD+book edition which I obtained... well, in La Scala shop itself!)
    Nonetheless, I am looking to get some more. Have to check that 1966 live with Freni, thanks for heads up!

    P.S. There seems to be quite informed review of several Turandots including the 1964, 65, 66 ones on Amazon:
    Last edited by Azol; Apr-30-2021 at 15:47.

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