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Herva Nelli

Singer details:

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
1Quando il rintocco della mezzanotte Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Nannetta/Meg
2Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
3Quell'otre! quel tino Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: quartetVoice: Mz S cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Meg/Alice/Quickly/Nannetta
4Qui piu non si vagoli Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cA MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Nannetta/Quickly/Meg
5Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
6Quando narravi l'esule tua vita Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
7Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
8Avro con me dei putti Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice
9Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Falstaff/Alice
10Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
11Falstaff m'ha canzonata Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Meg/Nannetta/Quickly
12Era piu calmo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emilia/Desdemona
13Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Willow Song) Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
14Alice Meg Nannetta Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Meg/Quickly/Nannetta
15Calma come la tomba Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello/Emilia
16Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
17Vedi di morte l'angelo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
18Diceste questa sera le vostre Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
19Si batte che veggo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-1

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
20Vieni sul crin ti piovano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
21E Susanna non vien.. Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
22Fulgida Alice amor t'offro Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: recitative,ensembleVoice: B Br 2Ts 2Ss 2MzsLanguage: Italian

23Dio ti giocondi o sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
24Provvedi le lanterne Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Ford/Caius/Nannetta/Quickly
25Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
26Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
27No no lasciatelo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-1

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T Br S S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Amelia/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
28Una due tre quattro Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Falstaff/Alice
29Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
30Venga la morte Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
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