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Nicolai Gedda

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Swedish
Year of Birth: 1925
Year of Death: 2017

About Nicolai Gedda:

Harry Gustaf Nikolai Gädda, known professionally as Nicolai Gedda (11 July 1925 – 8 January 2017), was a Swedish operatic tenor. Debuting in 1951, Gedda had a long and successful career in opera until the age of 77 in June 2003, when he made his final operatic recording. Skilled at languages, he performed operas in French, Russian, German, Italian, English, Czech, and Swedish, as well as one in Latin. In January 1958, he created the part of Anatol in the world premiere of the American opera Vanessa at the Metropolitan Opera. Having made some two hundred recordings, Gedda is one of the most widely recorded opera singers in history. His singing is best known for its beauty of tone, vocal control, and musical perception.

Harry Gustaf Nikolai Gädda, who later changed the spelling of his surname to Gedda, was born in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and a half-Russian father. He was raised by his aunt Olga Gädda and his adoptive father Michail Ustinov (a distant relative of Peter Ustinov), who sang bass in Serge Jaroff's Don Cossack Choir and was cantor in a Russian Orthodox church. Gedda grew up bilingual in Swedish and Russian, and from 1929 to 1934 when his family were living in Leipzig, Germany, he learned German. At the age of 5 Gedda took part in a vocal quartet in the orthodox church in the city. They returned to Sweden in 1934, and the boy attended Katarina Secondary School and the Södra Grammar School. In school he learned English, French and Latin, learning Italian on his own after leaving school.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1La donna e mobile Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
2Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
3Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
4Una furtiva lagrima Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
5Che gelida manina Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
6Au fond du temple saint (Pearl Fishers Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
7O soave fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì
8Je crois entendre encore Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
9Celeste Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
10Questa o quella Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
11Dein ist mein ganzes Herz Popularity:

Opera: Land des LächelnsComposer: LéharAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Sou-Chong
12Song of India Popularity:

Opera: SadkoComposer: Rimsky-KorsakovAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles:
13Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
14Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
15A te o cara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo
16La fleur que tu m'avais jetee (Flower Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: José/Carmen
17Mamma, quel vino è generoso Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.21

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lucia
18Un aura amorosa Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.33

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando
19Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì
20Kuda kuda vi udalilis Popularity:

Opera: Eugene OneginComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles:
21Il mio tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
22Wenn es Abend wird Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tassilo
23Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
24Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
25Amor ti vieta Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
26A cette voix quel trouble Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.10

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
27De miei bollenti spiriti Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
28Donna non vidi mai Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
29Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
30Lunge da lei Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
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