(b Bobruika, Ukraine, 20 April 1904; d Moscow, 18 June 1957). Russian tenor. He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and made his début, as Lensky, with the Kirov in 1930, remaining with the company until 1944. In that year he moved to the Bol'shoy, where he had his most significant success. Nelepp possessed a lyric-dramatic tenor capable of an amazing range and intensity of expression, making him an ideal exponent of such roles as Florestan, Gustavus III, Manrico, Radames, Don José, Sobinin (A Life for the Tsar), Dmitry (Boris Godunov), Golitsïn (Khovanshchina), Yury (The Enchantress), Hermann, Andrey (Mazepa) and Sadko, several of which he recorded. He sang in approximately 20 complete opera sets, among which his agonized portrayal of the obsessive Hermann in the Melodiya recording of The Queen of Spades is an unrivalled achievement.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.