Bonisolli, Franco

Bonisolli, Franco

Male 1938 - 2003  (65 years)

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  • Name Bonisolli, Franco  [1, 2
    Born 25 May 1938  Roverto, Provincia di Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 10 Dec 1996  Angola, Steuben County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 30 Oct 2003  Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I42264  Sackett | Lettinga ancestors
    Last Modified 20 May 2020 

    Family Cornish, Sally Ann,   b. 24 Oct 1935, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1996, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F15327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 

      Bonisolli was born in Rovereto, Italy. He studied with Alfredo Lattaro, and, after winning an international voice contest, he made his debut in Spoleto, as Ruggero, in 1962. He quickly established himself throughout Italy, appearing first in lyric roles such as, Nemorino, Duca di Mantua, Alfredo, Rodolfo, des Grieux, Hoffmann, etc.

      He took part in revivals of neglected opera such as La donna del lago, opposite Montserrat Caballé, and Le siège de Corinthe, opposite Beverly Sills, and took part in the creation of new works, such as La lampada di Alidino by Rota, and Luisilla by Mannino.

      He began an international career in the early 1970s, with debut at the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Paris Opéra, the Metropolitan Opera, etc., and began expanding his repertory to include more dramatic roles, notably Arnold, Don José, Manrico, Radames, Otello, Cavaradossi, Calaf, etc.

      In his later career he became known for excessively long-held high notes (such as in "Di quella pira" and "Nessun dorma") and temperamental or bizarre behaviour, on and off stage. He caused a major scandal in 1978 when, after throwing his prop sword at the conductor Herbert von Karajan, furiously left the stage just before the famous cabaletta "Di quella pira" during a public dress rehearsal of Il Trovatore at the Vienna State Opera.

      He can be heard on several recordings, notably Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, which were all soundtrack of German TV productions, and a live recording from the abovementioned revival of La Donna del Lago with Caballé. He also appeared in film versions of La Traviata, in 1968, opposite Anna Moffo and Gino Bechi; and of Il Trovatore in 1975, opposite Raina Kabaivanska, Viorica Cortez and Giorgio Zancanaro in which he sang the role of Manrico. In 1976, he recorded Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, opposite Galina Vishnevskaya.

      He died suddenly, in Vienna, at the age of 65.

      Researched by Ted Smith

  • Sources 
    1. [S1619] (Reliability: 3), 19 May 2020.
      The South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Indiana), 2 Aug 1977, Page 6

      Dale E. Cornish

      ELKHART -- Dale E. Cornish, 44, of 715 Liberty St., died at 1 p.m. Monday in Elkhart General Hospital after being a patient there for five days. He was born on Sept. 5, 1932, in Elkhart. On March 1, 1957, he married the former Wanda Powell in Elkhart. She survives, along with his mother, Dorothy Lucile Taylor of Elkhart; his father, Edwin R. Cornish of Spring Valley, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Gary McAllister, Darlene, Jami and Shannon, all of Elkhart; a son, Dale Jr. of Elkhart; a brother, Edwin R. Cornish III of Newburg (sic) Park, Calif., and a sister, Mrs. Franco Bonisolli of Rome.

      Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Hartzler-Gutermuth Funeral Home. Rev. Gerald Sims, pastor of the California Road Missionary Church, will officiate. Burial will be in California Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Wednesday in the funeral home.

      Cornish was an automotive service manager at the Montgomery Ward store in the Concord Mall. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S543] Find A Grave ( (Reliability: 2), 19 May 2020.
      Memorial ID 8051964

      Franco Bonisolli
      Birth 25 May 1938
      Rovereto, Provincia di Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
      Death 30 Oct 2003 (aged 65)
      Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
      Burial Unknown

      Noted Opera Singer. He made his opera debut as Ruggero in Puccini's "La Rondine" at the renowned festival in Spoleto, Italy, in 1962. He then performed with top opera houses worldwide, including the New York's Metropolitan Opera.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S1366] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, ( (Reliability: 3), 19 May 2020.
      Name: Sally A Bonisolli
      [Sally A Cornish]
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age: 61
      Marital status: Married
      Birth Date: 24 Oct 1935
      Birth Place: Elkhart, Indiana
      Death Date: 10 Dec 1996
      Death Place: South Bend, St Joseph, Indiana, USA
      Residence: 225 S 150 W, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana
      Father: Edwin Cornish
      Mother: Dorothy Cornish
      Spouse: Franco Bonisolli
      Informant: Franco Bonisolli, 225 S 150 W, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana

      Researched by Ted Smith

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