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Herva Nelli

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Voice: Soprano
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1909
Year of Death: 1994

About Herva Nelli:

Herva Nelli (January 9, 1909 – May 31, 1994) was an Italian-born operatic soprano.

Named after the French socialist Gustave Hervé, she was born in Florence, where she attended a convent school. At the age of ten, however, she and her family left Italy for the United States, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she later studied at the Pittsburgh Music Institute.

In 1937, the soprano made her operatic debut with Brooklyn's Salmaggi Opera, as Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. In ensuing seasons, she gained experience with that ensemble, presenting roles that would form the core of her repertoire, including Leonora in Verdi's La forza del destino (with Sydney Rayner as Don Alvaro, 1943) and another Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore. She also sang the title roles of Bellini's Norma, Verdi's Aida (with Bernardo de Muro at the end of his career, 1944), and Ponchielli's La Gioconda. In 1947, she made her New York City Opera debut, as Santuzza, conducted by Julius Rudel.

Also in 1947, Nelli successfully auditioned for the conductor Arturo Toscanini (following the recommendation of Licia Albanese), and sang the part of Desdemona in the NBC Symphony Orchestra's concert version of Verdi's Otello, opposite Ramón Vinay. This led to the famous series of broadcasts of other Verdi works, which were later issued on records by RCA Victor: Aida (1949, which was televised as well), Mrs Alice Ford in Falstaff (with Giuseppe Valdengo, 1950), the Requiem (with Fedora Barbieri, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Cesare Siepi, 1951), and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (with Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill, 1954), which were Toscanini's final operatic performances. When Toscanini died three years later, he left his protégée his baton in his will.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ave Maria piena di grazia Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
2Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
3Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Willow Song) Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
4Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
5Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
6Dis moi que je suis belle Popularity:

Opera: ThaisComposer: MassenetAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Thaïs
7Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
8E Susanna non vien.. Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
9Dio ti giocondi o sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
10Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
11Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
12Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
13Vieni sul crin ti piovano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
14Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
15Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
16Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
17Era piu calmo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emilia/Desdemona
18Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
19E tu ricevi il mio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar
20Vedi di morte l'angelo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
21A terra si nel livido fango Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.16

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
22Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
23D'un uom che geme Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
24Diceste questa sera le vostre Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
25Della citta all'occaso Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Ulrica/Riccardo
26Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
27Quando il rintocco della mezzanotte Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Nannetta/Meg
28Ve' se di notte qui colla sposa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S B B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Samuel/Tom/Renato
29In armi ora si desta il popol nostro Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida
30Venga la morte Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
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