The Swiss-born bass Fernando Corena (1916 - 1984) sang 13 roles at Lyric, from 1956 to 1963. Having begun in serious parts, he quickly discovered that he could truly make his mark in comedy. At the Met and all over Europe, he excelled in Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti. Unlike many of his ilk at the time, he had a terrific instrument and was an expert musician. In all his signature roles, he proved himself one of the most thoroughly lovable artists of his day.