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LEO NUCCI  

(b 1942 )

Hailing from a musical family (both his grandmother and mother sang, and his father played several instruments) at the age of fifteen Nucci commenced studies with Mario Bigazzi, vocalising daily, and between 1959 and 1968 worked with Giuseppe Marchesi. Having won several singing competitions in 1965 and 1966, in 1967 he not only made his operatic stage debut (as Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia), but also won the Adriano Belli Competition for young opera singers, both at Spoleto.

In 1969 Nucci joined the chorus of La Scala, Milan where he remained until 1976. While at La Scala, he studied the title role in Rigoletto with Ottaviano Bizzarri and won the Viotti International Music Competition of Vercelli in 1973. He also enjoyed great success when singing Figaro again, in Padua during 1975 and then at La Scala in 1976.

At the Royal Opera House, London in 1978 Nucci substituted at short notice for Ingvar Wixell as Miller in a new production of Luisa Miller, singing alongside Katia Ricciarelli and Luciano Pavarotti with Lorin Maazel conducting. He enjoyed a great personal triumph, with Pavarotti commenting: ‘What you did tonight usually takes us five years to achieve.’ Offers poured in and his international career was launched.

Nucci was re-engaged to sing Miller and Sharpless / Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden and made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1979, as Figaro. It was as Renato / Un ballo in maschera that he made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, New York (1980), at the Paris Opera (1981) and at the Salzburg Festival (1989). He returned frequently to the Met, singing at least seventeen major roles in total up to 2004; and has sung with the San Francisco Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera (in North America); at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and in Santiago, Chile (in South America) and at La Scala, the Florence Maggio Musicale, Trieste, Turin, Venice, the summer opera at the Caracalla Baths, Zürich, Brussels, Hamburg, Cologne and Wiesbaden (in Europe).

Identified above all with the great Verdi baritone roles including Amonasro / Aida, Ezio / Attila, Posa / Don Carlo, Carlo / Ernani, Doge Foscari / I due Foscari, both Falstaff and Ford / Falstaff, Don Carlo La forza del destino, Iago / Otello, Germont père / La traviata, di Luna / Il trovatore, Guido di Monforte / I vespri siciliani and the title roles of Macbeth and Nabucco, Nucci has also sung many other roles with distinction. These include Sharpless, Belcore / L’elisir d’amore, Enrico / Lucia di Lammermoor, Tonio / Pagliacci and the title roles of Eugene Onegin and Gianni Schicchi and are indicative of his considerable musico-dramatic range.

Of his close relationship with Verdi, Nucci commented in interview with Dominic McHugh: ‘Verdi gives me something special: my values of life, the values with which I was born, the values of my grandfather.’ His career has been notable for its longevity, with major appearances continuing well past his seventieth birthday. Nucci possesses both a rich, generous, baritone voice and an immediately sincere and convincing dramatic presence, as his numerous sound and video recordings amply testify.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Patmore (A–Z of Singers, Naxos 8.558097-100).

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BELCANTO D'AMORE - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. (5 Blu-ray Disc Box Set) C Major
719804
Opera DVD
BELCANTO D'AMORE - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. (5 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
719708
Opera DVD
NUCCI, Leo: Thirty Years at La Scala (PAL) C Major
700109
Opera DVD
Opera Arias (Tenor): Botha, Johan - VERDI, G. / GIORDANO, U. / MASCAGNI, P. / LEONCAVALLO, R. / PUCCINI, G. (Italian Opera Arias) Orfeo
C967192
Opera
Opera Arias (Tenor): Domingo, Plácido - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / GIORDANO, U. / LEONCAVALLO, R. / BELLINI, V. / MERCADANTE, S. Orfeo
C699073D
Opera
OPERA EXCLUSIVE - Giuseppe Verdi (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-GOLDBOX9
Opera DVD
OPERA EXCLUSIVE - SALZBURG FESTIVAL (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-GOLDBOX4
Vocal
ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Bel Air Classiques
BAC469
Opera DVD
ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2018) (NTSC) Bel Air Classiques
BAC169
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) (Salzburg Festival, 1990) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-CLOPUBIM
Vocal
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
721104
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (NTSC) C Major
721008
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) [Opera] (Nucci, Guanqun Yu, Magrì, B. Fodor, I. Horváth, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Repušić) BR-Klassik
900328
Opera
VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2007) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
722904
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2007) (NTSC) C Major
722808
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Macbeth (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2006) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
722104
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Macbeth (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2006) (NTSC) C Major
722008
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Macbeth (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2006) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPMACPA
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Nabucco (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
720504
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Nabucco (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (NTSC) C Major
720408
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Nabucco (Vienna State Opera, 2001) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-OPNAB
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Arias (Kings and Courtiers) (Nucci, Italian Opera Chamber Ensemble, Marcarini) Opus Arte
OACD9026D
Opera, Vocal, Opera, Vocal, Opera
VERDI, G.: Rigoletto (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
723304
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Rigoletto (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008) (NTSC) C Major
723208
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
724104
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) C Major
724008
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas (27 Disc Box Set) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
747804
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas (30 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
721808
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas (Highlights) (Teatro Regio di Parma) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
725704
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas (Highlights) (Teatro Regio di Parma) (NTSC) C Major
725608
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 1 (1839-1846) (9 Blu-ray Disc Set) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
725904
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 1 (1839-1846) (9 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
725808
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 2 (1847-1853) (9 Blu-ray Disc Set) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
726104
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 2 (1847-1853) (9 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
726008
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 3 (1855-1893) (11 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
726208
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Tutto Verdi - The Operas, Vol. 3 (1855-1893) (8 Blu-ray Disc Set) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
726304
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Vespri Siciliani (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
723904
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Vespri Siciliani (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) C Major
723808
Opera DVD
VERDI: I DUE FOSCARI (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPIDF
Opera DVD
VERDI: Otello TDKDVD
DVUS-OPOTEL
Opera DVD
VERDI: Rigoletto (Arena di Verona, 2001) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPRIGM
Opera DVD
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