B1867. FRANCO CORELLI AND A REVOLUTION IN SINGING: FIFTY-FOUR TENORS SPANNING 200 YEARS, Vol. 3 (Stefan Zucker). New York, Bel Canto Society, 2018. 358 pp. Index; Bibliography; Exhaustive Chronology; Printed on top-quality paper and features 139 rare photographs, the majority provided by the Met Archives; DJ. This volume contains interviews with Corelli, Bergonzi, Kraus and Alagna, among others. - 9781891456015
“Stefan Zucker’s first two volumes were fascinating and informative, however Volume 3 can now be considered a ‘must’ and is compulsive reading….He now begins gradually to wind up his analysis of how both Corelli and Del Monaco, possessors of potent vocal material, blocked each other’s careers….Questioned about female partners on stage [Corelli] mentions some colleagues with whom he had experiences, both problems and pleasure in working with. These included Birgit Nilsson, Maria Callas, Giulietta Simionato and Zinka Milanov….There is an interesting interview with Carlo Bergonzi, considered to be a paragon of style, who, as Stefan Zucker points out, also exhibited the virtues of musicianship by observing the composer’s directions and demonstrating an ability to sing a good legato, with clarity of enunciation….
To conclude, and in bringing his survey very much up to date, Stefan Zucker discusses vocal placement, timbre, musicianship, artistry and strengths and weaknesses by classifying and reviewing in great detail some recordings….
As with the first two volumes, this book is lavishly illustrated with many unusual photographs and is printed on superior paper, and surely…is the most comprehensive and illuminating survey of tenor singing technique ever published….it will be read for decades to come by devotees of operatic singing and of the most popular voice, that of the tenor.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2018