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His exceptional good looks made him a matinee idol, and for 20 years, Franco Corelli was dubbed "Mr. Sold-Out." In 1958, just seven years after beginning his career, he was already the highest paid tenor in Italy. Following his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1961, he was celebrated as the greatest tenor in the world.His charismatic performances in such operas as "La Vestale" and "Fedora" (both in collaboration with Maria Callas), coupled with a formidable mystique, as well as a number of notorious and colourful incidents - including a real-life sword fight with Boris Christoff, the beating up of an audience member in Naples, and his alleged biting of Brigit Nilsson - created a worldwide mania for Corelli.Based on nearly a decade of research into theatre archives and interviews with the stars friends, family, and colleagues, this is the definitive biography of one of opera's greatest stars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781574671636
ISBN-10: 1574671634
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Amadeus Press
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rene Seghers

Rene Seghers is an editor for Villa d'Arte, the noted glossy cultural magazine of Europe. His work has also appeared in the New York Times and The Record Collector.