B1734. RODOLFO CELLETTI. Il Teatro D’Opera in Disco. Milano, Rizzoli, 1976. 623pp. (Italian Text) Choice copy of this exceedingly elusive hardbound book. - 88-17-85230-9 78-8817852302
“Celletti was born in Rome on 13 June 1917. He served in the Italian army from 1937 to 1943, and after World War II, took a degree in law from the University of Rome. He became a successful business executive in Milan, and then created a second career for himself as a (self-taught) musicologist and critic. For many years he was the music critic of the Italian weekly magazine EPOCA and was a regular contributor to LA REPUBBLICA, L'OPERA, NUOVA RIVISTA MUSICALE ITALIANA, OPERA, and AMADEUS. In addition to his articles in specialist publications and THE NEW GROVE DICTIONARY OF OPERA, he published several books, most notably LE GRANDI VOCI (1964), at the time considered the most complete biographical and critical source available on the great operatic voices and STORIA DEL BELCANTO (1983) [above], which has since been translated into English, French, German and Czech.
From 1980 to 1993 he was the Artistic Director of the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca. The Festival, which specializes in performing rare operas and the original versions of operas still in the standard repertoire, also provides coaching in vocal performance for young singers. Celletti taught voice both privately and in master classes, many of them at the Festival della Valle d'Itria. Amongst his former pupils are Denia Mazzola, Mariana Nicolesco, Angelo Manzotti, William Matteuzzi, Leonardo Villeda and Ramón Vargas.”
- Olive M. Domina