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Francesco Merli

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1976

About Francesco Merli:

Francesco Merli (27 January 1887 – 12 December 1976) 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.

Francesco Merli was born Francesco Cova in Corsico (Milan), son of Luigi and Emilia Cova. and 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 and sponsored by Dame Nellie Melba (who also sang during that tour, in roles such as Mimi in La bohème, despite being 67 years old). The tour included Merli singing Calaf in the Australian premiere of Puccini's Turandot. 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 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. He made his debut at the Met on March 2 of that year, as Radames in Aida; but his performances there were not deemed a success due to the effects of poor health. Thereafter, La Scala became his operatic base and his career tailed off during World War II.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Nessun dorma Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
2Vesti la giubba Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
3Celeste Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
4Di quella pira Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
5Ah! si ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
6Donna non vidi mai Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
7Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
8Cielo e mar Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo
9Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
10No Pagliaccio non son Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.07-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Silvio
11Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
12Niun mi tema Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello
13Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
14Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
15No! Pazzo son! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
16Tu tu amore tu? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
17La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
18Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
19Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
20La vita e inferno all infelice Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
21Forse la soglia attinse Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
22Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
23Guardate, pazzo son Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
24O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
25Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
26Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
27La nostra morte Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 4.05

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: T S B/BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea/Maddalena/Schmidt
28Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
29Qui posa il fianco Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giselda/Oronte/Pagano (Hermit)
30Dio ti giocondi o sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
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