Francesco Merli

Francesco Merli

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Francesco Merli (January 27, 1887, Corsico (Milan) - December 12, 1976, Milan) was an Italian opera singer, particularly associated with heavy roles such as Otello, Canio and Calaf. He ranks as one of the finest dramatic tenors of the inter-war period. Merli studied in Milan, with Carlo Negrini and Adelaide Borghi. In 1914, he won second prize at a singing competition in Parma, being edged out of first place by the great Beniamino Gigli. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1916, as Alvaro in Spontini 's Fernand Cortez. Merli would sing widely in Italy and South America during the next decade, and also toured Australia in 1928 with an opera company composed of leading La Scala singers. He appeared regularly in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1926 to 1930, where, among other things, he was the first Calaf (Turandot) to be heard in Great Britain. He made his Paris debut at the Palais Garnier in 1935, as Pollione in Norma. His only season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City occurred in 1932.show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 150g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136649152
  • 9786136649153