Giuseppe Nessi in Palla De' Mozzi
Giuseppe Nessi. Born Sept. 25th, 1887, Bergamo; died Dec. 16th, 1961, Milan. He made his debut 1910 in Saluzzo as Alfredo.
On advice by Tullio Serafin, he specialized in comprimario parts, which made him famous. A Scala mainstay from 1921 to 1959
(!), he participated in the Turandot and Nerone world premieres. As a guest, he sang his repertory at the Salzburg and
Verona festivals, at the Teatro Colón, the Vienna Staatsoper, and often at Covent Garden. Few leading tenors have left
such an excellent recorded legacy as Giuseppe Nessi.
|Giuseppe Nessi sings
|Turandot: Olà Pang! Olà Pong!, with Emilio Venturini and Aristide Baracchi
In RA format
|The Turandot excerpt is a two-creators record, or two-and-a-half (Baracchi sang in the world premiere, too, though not the
role of Ping but rather the Mandarin). Of the two tenors, Nessi is the one with the smooth lyrical voice
(the first of the two to join in after baritone Baracchi's initial bars), Venturini the one with the dark, almost dramatic
tenor. They were the two greatest comprimari in the history of La Scala, and two of the greatest comprimari ever.
In RA format
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.