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
1Diceste questa sera le vostre Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
2Dio ti giocondi o sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
3Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
4No 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
5Vien qua che chiasso! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Fenton/Caius/Ford/Pistola
6Calma come la tomba Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello/Emilia
7Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
8Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
9Quando narravi l'esule tua vita Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
10Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
11Venga la morte Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
12Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
13D'un uom che geme Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
14Qui piu non si vagoli Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cA MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Nannetta/Quickly/Meg
15Falstaff m'ha canzonata Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Meg/Nannetta/Quickly
16Alice Meg Nannetta Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Meg/Quickly/Nannetta
17Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
18Della citta all'occaso Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Ulrica/Riccardo
19Presenteremo un bill Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Quickly/Meg
20Ve' 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
21Provvedi le lanterne Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Ford/Caius/Nannetta/Quickly
22Odi tu come fremono cupi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Renato/Riccardo
23Il messagio entri Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: quintetVoice: S Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Renato/Amelia/Samuel/Tom
24Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Falstaff/Alice
25Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
26Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
27Quando il rintocco della mezzanotte Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Nannetta/Meg
28Dis moi que je suis belle Popularity:

Opera: ThaisComposer: MassenetAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Thaïs
29Avro con me dei putti Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice
30Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
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