Antonio Nardelli

Lecce, 11 January 1920 – Flémalle (near Liège, Belgium), 17 December 2005

Picture of Antonio Nardelli

Picture of Antonio Nardelli

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
La traviata in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
Duca di Mantova in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
Enzo in La Gioconda, wearing Tito Schipa's necklace

Antonio Nardelli sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
In RA format

Antonio Nardelli sings Lucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a Dio
In RA format

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
La favorite in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
with his wife Marian Balhant in La bohème in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
as Dick Johnson in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
as Turiddu in Ghent

Biography
After winning a singing contest organized by Radio Roma in 1949, and after first stage experiences in Italy (he debuted as Pinkerton in Lecce 1949), France, Malta, the Netherlands and Hungary, Nardelli in 1953 settled in Belgium, where he would spend most of his life and career, first in Ghent, then at the Monnaie in Brussels. He also married a Belgian soprano, Marian Balhant.

His most important roles were Edgardo, Faust (Gounod), Fernand (Favorite), Duca di Mantova, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi and Andrea Chénier; later on, he would add heavier repertory like Alvaro or Dick Johnson, earning praise for tackling that change prudently and without damaging his voice.

After the end of his singing career, he returned to his original profession as a potter.

Nardelli's career at the Théâtre de la Monnaie:
Andrea Chénier – title role, 7 performances (1956-1957)
La bohème – Rodolfo, 14 performances (1955-1960)
Cavalleria rusticana – Turiddu, 8 performances (1955-1958)
Faust – title role, 6 performances (1955-1957)
Madame Butterfly – B.F. Pinkerton, 7 performances (1955-1958)
Les pêcheurs de perles – Nadir, 3 performances (1956-1957)
Rigoletto – Duca, 10 performances (1955-1957)
Tosca – Cavaradossi, 5 performances (1955-1957)
La traviata – Alfredo, 12 performances (1955-1957)

Source: Claude-Pascal Perna's extraordinary website Musica et Memoria

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
as Riccardo

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
La Wally in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli
Manon Lescaut in Ghent

Picture of Antonio Nardelli

The biographical informations and almost all of the pictures have been provided by Christian Torrent: thank you.
I want to thank Georges Cardol for the picture (top) and recordings.


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