Franco Corelli was born in Ancona, Italy, on 8 April 1921. In 1951 he won the Maggio Musicale competition in Florence, and again won a competition at Spoleto, singing Don Jose in Carmen. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan opposite Maria Callas in Spontini's "La Vestale" on the opening night of the season in 1954.
Franco Corelli reposed at the age of 82 in Milan, October 29, 2003. One of the great tenors of the 20th Century. Enjoy.