Franco Corelli -"Last Words On Singing 2003"





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Published on Oct 31, 2010

In December 2002 I had the opportunity to begin study with the great Franco Corelli. Whilst Maestro was retired from teaching I felt greatly honoured that he accepted to teach me withstanding he also wasn't feeling the best. The plan was to return permanently to Milano to study later in the year but unfortunately he passed shortly after. Still till this day he has left an impression in my heart of the kindest of men and being in his presence alone was truly inspirational. I thought after all these years to share some excepts of the lessons in the hope to share some advice on the mystery of vocal technique from a true great. Love and Peace..Pietro Ferretti

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John Schofield
@minnie888444 My pleasure to humbly share some of his teachings.Hope this helps others to succeed in this "life adventure" that is lyrical singing.All the best for you.
One thing's for sure this man knew how to produce a glorious sound! This is very good advice, no 'science of singing' horseshit, very metaphorical, which is what I like. You don't get better at singing by reading science books, but by using your mind's eye. We're not robots after all.
A transcript:  'You should have the awareness of the distance between your tongue and your palate, but gently without any tension or the sound remains there. You choke. There is no one person that teaches, that sings, that doesn't think about opening the throat. The yawn … then you sing.   With time you establish an ideal spot, a bit more forward…a bit more back. You have to find it between the dark and bright. You need to find it, it takes time, slowly, slowly you find it. The key is to always feel freedom. If you tighten the throat: Ciao! Remember to keep the tongue supple, not tense   The sound is like a ping pong ball floating on a spring of water, so you need to think of the voice like that not pushed too forward because if you push too forward sooner or later you close. If the breath comes up, you need to sit on it. If you center it all goes well but if you don't it will be of consequence to the throat, if you don't think to keep the throat open. Study yourself internally, map that your tongue is supple.   You have to play with the breath. Its a breathing game. That's why you see many sing with extreme ease. Be careful not to take breath with your nose because when you take breath with the nose your voice goes a little higher and has less ring. One of the great remarks on singing is to sing on the teeth, as thought. Its contradictory in a way but the voice needs to remain back free. Careful to not darken the voice because dark is heavy. Especially the young voices need to sing brighter.'
John Schofield
This are the same things he told me by phone and in person. He really was a very intelligent and clear mind person. He always talked about a "ball flotting" in the upper paladar,witht he assistance of air support.This also was shared by Kraus. A free voice supported by a "intercostal-diaphragmatic" "fiato", welll placed behind the teeth. They both spoke of the "parola" well pronounced. He was completly against darkening the voice; you have to listen to your self, be a student of your own nature.
Alexander J. Scott
Thank you for sharing this, he is brilliant.
What a great singer and what a beautruful man.
pieri t-lyon
kingcorelli, thank you very much for sharing this valuable document, the GRAN MAESTRO FRANCO CORELLI, live explaining some of their knowledge and valuable experience in the beautiful and magnificent performances that only he could deliver and thanks to his recordings and they can enjoy the valuable videos today and future generations. Blessed are those who knew him persdonalmente, as the case and testify to his generosity and kindness and those who listen and were directly
Long live his legacy! Such an inspiration for all of us. Unquestionably the Best natural voices of the century! 
Grazie mille Pietro per aver messo questa registrazione del nostro caro Maestro. Io ho avuto la fortuna di studiare con lui la bellezza di 6 anni fino all'anno della sua morte. Sentire la tua registrazione mi ha dato tanta nostalgia perche' mi sono ricordato della stanzetta isonorizzata di Via Carlo Crivelli 12, dove ho fatto tantissime lezioni con tanta ilusione. Grazie, Grazie e piu' Grazie ancora!
Bengt Krantz
Thank you for sharing this. Highly interesting and in this case very moving too. One of the greatest singers of all time and certainly the most thrilling of all. The power both vocally and emotional is unsurpassed and will always remain remarkable.
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