Nazzareno De Angelis


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(b Rome, 17 Nov 1881; d Rome, 14 Dec 1962). Italian bass. After singing as a boy in the Cappella Sistina and Cappella Giulia choirs in Rome, he studied with Giuseppe Fabbri and others. He made his début in 1903 at L'Aquila in Linda di Chamounix, and during the 1906–7 season appeared at La Scala in works such as La Gioconda, Tristan und Isolde and Aida; he also created the role of Aquliante in Francesco Cilea's Gloria (1907). He returned to La Scala nearly every year until 1914, and then occasionally between 1918 and 1933, taking part in revivals of Gaspare Spontini's La vestale (1908), Les vêpres siciliennes (1909), Médée (1910) and Nabucco (1913); he scored great successes in Norma (1912), Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re (the first performance, 1913), Mosè (1918), Mefistofele (1918) and Die Walküre (1924), which were all, with Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Carlos, strong points of his repertory. Between 1909 and 1925 he appeared at the leading South American theatres; he sang with the Chicago Opera in 1910–11 and appeared regularly at the Rome Opera from 1911 until his retirement in 1938. De Angelis's voice was large in volume and range, with a rich timbre skilfully varied by inflection and shading. A vigorous actor and a master of broad and expressive phrasing, he was the finest Italian bass between 1910 and 1930.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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