Nicola Cencherle

Picture of Nicola Cencherle

Picture of Nicola Cencherle as Rodolfo with Hans van Heerden (Marcello)
Rodolfo with Hans van Heerden (Marcello)

Picture of Nicola Cencherle as Rodolfo with Magaretha Deysel (Mimì)
Rodolfo with Magaretha Deysel (Mimi)
Nicola Cencherle, known as Nicky, was born in Schio, Italy. He immigrated to South Africa with his parents at an early age. He began singing lessons at age of 18 with Xandre Haagen at Pretoria University and later with Alessandro Rota. He joined PACOFS at the age of 25. His operatic debut was as Cavaradossi. Later he sang Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Duca, Alfredo, Pollione, José and Riccardo.

Returning to Italy in 1971, Cencherle won the Teatro Nuovo Competition in Milano and made his Italian debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor", following with "Il tabarro", "L'amico Fritz" and "Simon Boccanegra". During this time Cape Town Opera brought him back twice to sing in "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "La traviata".

After seven years in Italy he returned and joined CAPAB where he was a member of the permanent company for 18 years.

His repertoire varied from opera, operetta, Neapolitan & Italian songs to popular ballads. He sang for radio concerts, film & television. Cencherle has enjoyed a wonderful singing career in and around Cape Town, either as a solo performer or in various ensembles.

Cencherle possessed a lirico-spinto tenor voice of true Italian quality and style.
Reference: (now defunct)

Nicola Cencherle sings La bohème: Che gelida manina
In RA format

Nicola Cencherle sings Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m'è forza perderti
In RA format
I wish to thank Jacques Franken for the pictures and recordings.

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