Loretta di Lelio, married Loretta Corelli and Loretta di Lelio-Corelli (born 27 July 1918 in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany – 10 January 2013 in Milan) was an Italian opera singer with the voice of lyrical soprano, vocal pedagogue and Belcanto expert. Loretta di Lelio was trained as a singer and pedagogue by her father, the Italian opera singer Umberto di Lelio, who was engaged in the Scala in Milan between 1921 and 1941. Umberto di Lelio was a well-known Italian singing pedagogue and Belcanto expert, who taught singers of the Scala in Milan. He was part of a national and international circle of artists in which his daughter Loretta was involved.In 1941 she made her debut at the Opera House in Rome, where she was cast as a soprano lyrico and occasionally also took over small mezzo-soprano roles in the Italian operas La traviata, Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera and others.At the end of the 1940s, in the early 1950s, she became known for her numerous engagements in opera films that emerged at the time, including in the adaptations of the Donizetti operas Der Liebestrank as Giannetta and Lucia di Lammermoor as Alisa.In 1952 she met the young tenor Franco Corelli during rehearsals when she was engaged in the opera production Adriana Lecouvreur in the role of Mademoiselle Juvenot.Loretta di Lelio became the most important supporter of her later husband, the Italian Spinto tenor and dramatic tenor, Franco Corelli.
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