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Alessandro Corbelli (born September 21, 1952) is an Italian baritone opera singer. One of the world's pre-eminent singers specializing in Mozart and Rossini, Corbelli has sung in many major opera houses around the world and won admiration for his elegant singing style and sharp characterizations, especially in comic roles.
Corbelli was born in Turin, Italy in 1952 and studied with Giuseppe Valdengo and Claude Thiolas. He made his debut in 1973 (at the age of twenty-one) in Aosta, Italy as Monterone in Verdi's Rigoletto. Subsequently he appeared at La Scala in Milan (singing in all three of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas under conductor Riccardo Muti), and also in such cities as Turin, Verona, Bologna, Florence, and Naples, as well as major opera houses in Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany, England, Spain, Israel, and North and South America. At the beginning of his career Corbelli sang lyric baritone roles, but his natural talent for comedy caused him eventually to be typecast in comic parts. Among the buffo roles he has performed and/or recorded are Dr. Bartolo in Rossiniís Il barbiere di Siviglia, Taddeo in Rossiniís L'italiana in Algeri, Don Geronio in Rossiniís Il turco in Italia, Dr Dulcamara in Donizettiís L'elisir d'amore, and the title role of Donizettiís Don Pasquale. He has frequently showed his versatility by singing two roles from the same opera: Figaro and the Count in Mozartís Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello and the title role in Mozartís Don Giovanni, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Mozartís Cosž fan tutte, and Dandini and Don Magnifico in Rossiniís La Cenerentola, among others.