Leo Nucci

Verdi gives me something special: my values of life, the values with which I was born, the values of my grandfather, saidLeo Nucci about Giuseppe Verdi in an interview with Dominic McHugh.

Leo Nucci was born on April 16th, 1942 in Castiglione dei Pepoli, near Bologna. In the beginning, Nucci studied with Giuseppe Marchese, under whose guidance he won several competitions. In 1967 he made his debut in Spoleto as Figora in Gioachino Rossini’s famous opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

He won the A Bell competition at Spoleto after having made his debut as Figaro. Immediately after his operatic debut, he joined the choir of La Scala. All this time he had Ottaviano Bizzarri as his teacher. After a short break, at his master’s insitance, he resumed his career. In Milan, while singing in the La Scala chorus, Nucci studied the title role of Rigoletto with maestro Bizzarri and, in 1973, won the Concorso Internazionale Viotti di Vercelli.

Later, Nucci had his debut on the stage at La Scala as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia. Since then, he has performed regularly at La Scala. His career took an international turn in a very short time.

Thus, he made his debut at the Royal Opera House London in 1978 as Miller in the opera Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi, singing alongside Katia Ricciarelli and Luciano Pavarotti with Lorin Maazel conducting. He enjoyed a great personal triumph. Even Pavarotti said that “What you did tonight usually takes us five years to achieve”. On the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper, he debuted with the role with which he marked the beginning of his career (Figaro). During his life, he performed in about 300 shows on the Austrian stage. Also here, he received the honor of “Kammersanger” and “Ehrenmitglied”.

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