Renato Zanelli


Born: April 1, 1892; Valparaiso, Chile   Died: March 14, 1935; Santiago, Chile  
Like many of the great Otellos (including Ramon Vinay and Plácido Domingo), Zanelli started his career as a baritone and developed into a tenor during the early years of his career. Throughout his career, he retained a richness of timbre that served him well in dramatic roles, and the secure bottom notes that helped make him "the new Tamagno," particularly as Otello. His acting was as acclaimed as his singing, and he had a particularly commanding Read more stage presence, well-suited for heroic roles. He studied privately with Angelo Querenz and made his opera debut in Santiago as Valentin in Gounod's Faust in 1915. He followed this with his Met debut as Amonasro in Verdi's Aida in 1919, and in 1923, following a suggestion from Arturo Toscanini, went to Italy where he studied to sing as a tenor. His debut as a tenor was in Naples as Raoul in Meyerbeer's Les Hugenots, and he continued to sing lyric roles until realizing that his voice was a dramatic tenor. He studied Otello under Leopoldo Nugnone, and sang the role for the first time in Turin in 1926, repeating it for his 1928 London debut. In 1930, he appeared in the world premiere of Pizzetti's Lo Straniero, and made his La Scala debut in 1932 as Otello. He was also adding Wagner roles to his repertoire, centered around the more lyrical Lohengrin, Siegmund, and Tristan. During this time, he was already fighting cancer, sang his last Otello in 1933, and died in 1935. His brother was the noted baritone Carlo Morelli (who mentored Domingo in his transition to tenor). Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 2 - 1910-1920
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7052 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Renato Zanelli,  Titta Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Romano Romani,  Walter Rogers
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    Prima Voce - Great Singers In Donizetti
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7892 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Ezio Pinza,  Beniamino Gigli,  Toti Dal Monte,  Anna Rozsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Giulio Setti,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Legendary Tenors - Operatic Arias (1903-1944)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7856 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Tito Schipa,  Jussi Björling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Mario Cordone,  Nils Grevillius,  Carlo Sabajno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Prima Voce - Legendary Baritones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7867 Release Date: 04/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Renato Zanelli,  Igor Gorin,  Gerhard Hüsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Bruno Reibold,  Frieder Weissmann,  Frank Edward Tours
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Prima Voce - Covent Garden - An Early History On Record
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7819 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Lauritz Melchior,  Richard Tauber,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin McArthur,  Walter Goehr,  Giulio Setti,  Gustav Cloëz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus  ... 
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