Giuseppe Nessi

Giuseppe Nessi (25 September 1887 – 16 December 1961) was an Italian operatic tenor.


Nessi was born in Bergamo, near Milan in Italy. He made his debut in Saluzzo in 1916, in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. However, on the advice of renowned Italian conductor Tullio Serafin, the majority of his career was focussed on character tenor roles.[1] He was La Scala's leading comprimario tenor between 1921 and 1959, and also performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at the Salzburg Festival under Arturo Toscanini.[1] He created, among others, the roles of Pang in Turandot, the Priest in Il re, and Donna Pasqua in Il Campiello.[1]


As a character tenor, Nessi was less likely than many other singers to be cast in a lead role. He does, however, play minor supporting roles on several important recordings, including:


  1. ^ a b c Rosenthal, Harold; & Warrack, John (1964). Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera. London: Oxford University Press, p. 279
  2. ^ Listed in a Schwarzkopf discography here
  3. ^ Listed in a Callas discography here
  4. ^ Listed in a Callas discography here
  5. ^ The article Nicola Zaccaria cites John Ardoin's book The Callas Legacy as claiming that Giulio Mauri was a pseudonym of Zaccaria
  6. ^ Listed in a Callas discography here