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FULL Franco Corelli in Photo Novel Denise by Alexandre Dumas jr. Italy 1962

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  • Published by: Franco Corelli Info Center  
  • Date Published: 2022  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, itsubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

The complete 1962 photo-novel (fotoromanzo) in 400 frames in English with Italian subtitles (the original Italian text) + Underappreciated studio curiosities (arias and songs)

The photo-novel was originally published in 1962 in the weekly magazine Grand Hotel in serialised episodes. It is based on the play of the same name by Alexandre Dumas Jr. (who also wrote Lady of the Camellias, the basis for Traviata), but I should say in advance not to expect too much from the story, it is a bit (VERY) soap-opera like, but still very aesthetic and fun, and provided Franco with the perfect opportunity unwind from the pressures of singing opera but still “flex his actorial muscles” — and for us to admire his talents beyond his voice. 🙂

I’m pushing this awkward format for a comic book reading precisely because I want to do what I think he was trying to achieve with all of this: to arouse the interest of those who are not necessarily opera fans and to get them to listen and follow him as a singer.

I have therefore specifically tried to select musical excerpts that are “underappreciated”, or at least I get the impression that a majority of fans rarely, if ever, listen to them, so kind of “gourmet delicacies”.
Most of them are from the Cetra aria albums recorded in the late ’50s, the 1961 Neapolitan Songs collection (cond. Franco Ferraris) and the 1965 Romantic Songs album (cond. Raffaele Mingardo), so you’ll hear opera arias and songs in Italian, Neapolitan, French and Spanish.

Have fun!

Timestamps (ONLY FOR THE AUDIO!)

00:00 Pecché (1955, Cetra) by Gaetano Errico Pennino, Alberto Bonocore cond.
04:33 Ti voglio tanto bene (1965, EMI) by Ernesto de Curtis, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
07:27 ‘Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde’ (Puccini: Manon Lescaut) (1958, Cetra) Umberto Cattini cond.
08:42 ‘Amore o grillo’ (Puccini: Madama Butterfly) (1958, Cetra) Umberto Cattini cond.
09:39 L’ange (1963, EMI) by Richard Wagner, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
12:40 Pourquoi fermer ton coeur (1961, EMI) by Renato Cairone, Franco Ferraris cond.
16:38 Passione (1961, EMI) by Ernesto Tagliaferri & Vincenzo Valente, Franco Ferraris cond.
20:45 Mon ciel, c’est toi (1965, EMI) by Renato Cairone, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
23:12 Te quiero ‘‘Jota Española’’ (1965, EMI) by José Serrano, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
26:12 Vaghissima sembianza (1965, EMI) by Stefano Donaudy, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
30:08 ‘Una vergine, un angiol di Dio’ (Donizetti: La favorita) (1956, Cetra) Fulvio Vernizzi cond.
32:55 Si tu m’amais (1961, EMI) by Luigi Denza, Franco Ferraris ​cond.
36:54 Carrettiere (1965, EMI) trad. arranged by R. Mingardo, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
40:35 Torna! (1961, EMI) by Nicola Valente, Franco Ferraris ​cond.
43:43 Lolita (1955, Cetra) by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia, Gian Stellari cond.
47:39 Il canto della rinuncia (1965, EMI) by Eduardo Pedrazzoli, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
52:02 Senza nisciuno (1961, EMI) by Ernesto de Curtis, Franco Ferraris ​cond.
55:21 ‘Dai campi, dai prati’ (Boito: Mefistofele) (1958, Cetra) Umberto Cattini cond.
57:30 ‘Sì, fui soldato’ (Giordano: Andrea Chénier) (1957, Cetra) Arturo Basile cond.
01:00:03 ‘Giunto sul passo estremo’ (Boito: Mefistofele) (1957, Cetra) Arturo Basile cond.
01:03:24 ‘Sento avvampar nell’anima…Cielo pietoso rendila’ (Verdi: Simon Boccanegra) (1958, Cetra) Umberto Cattini cond.
01:07:22 Mammina mia (1965, EMI) by Luigi Tortorella, Raffaele Mingardo cond.
01:11:11 ‘Se Franz dicesse il vero’ (Mascagni: Lodoletta) (1957, Cetra) Arturo Basile cond.
01:16:09 ‘Rien! En vain j’interroge…Vains échos de la joie humaine’ (Gounod: Faust) (1966, Decca) Richard Bonynge cond.
01:23:53 ‘Tombe degl’avi miei…Fra poco a me ricovero’ (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor) (1956, Cetra) Alfredo Simonetto cond.
01:31:19 Fenesta che lucive (1961, EMI) traditional song, Franco Ferraris ​cond.
01:35:07 ‘Mia madre mia vecchia madre’ (Giordano: Fedora) (1957, Cetra) Arturo Basile cond.
01:42:12 ‘Nel verde maggio’ (Catalani: Loreley) (1967, EMI) Franco Ferraris ​cond.


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