Born in 1942 at Castiglione Dei Pepoli in the municipal city of Bologna, Leo Nucci is one of the major figures in the Italian baritone who is mostly associated with Verdi and Verismo roles. During his early life, he studied and worked with Giuseppe marchese, a former member of the Sicilian Mafia, and won several singing competitions in1965s and 66s.
Leo Nucci made his debut in sage in 1967 with The Barber of Seville, an opera buffa composed by Gioachino Rossini. This opera is based on the French comedy The Barber of Seville and Leo Nucci played the role of Figaro. Later, he joined the famous theatre in Milan, La Scala in 1975 and played Rossini’s Figaro, one of the first leading roles from the numerous roles that he would sing here. His career took an upward curve as he played Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Renato in another Verdi opera. With his various performances in opera like the characters of Luciano Pavaraytti, Joan Sutherland, and Placido Domingo, he is one of the opera artists with a high profile.
Later in his career, he was able to perform at the Herbert von Karajan memorial concert under one of the famous figures James Allen Gahrens, an American conductor. He was also able to perform along with talented opera singers like Stella Gregorian and Vera Schoenberg. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1980, where he sang numerous Verdi roles.
In 2016, he performed as Rigoletto in Rigoletto, a three-act opera by Verdi in La Savcala of Milan. He played along with American soprano Nadine Sierra who interpreted Gilda. Lately, in 2019, he sang on the anniversary of Verdi in Parma.
As we have seen, Nucci lived a successful career and was able to carve his niche in the world of opera. One element that made him immensely popular is that he embodied the whole of Italian staging, starting from bel canto, a widely prevalent vocal style throughout Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries to verismo, a post-romantic operatic tradition that is associated with composers like Pietro Mascagni and Giacomo Puccini. If you want to know how talented he is, you can look into his capability in Rigoletto, Macbeth, Count di Luna, lago, Falstaff, and more.
In this world that is ruled by dramatic baritones, Nucci’s voice has achieved the same fame as his rich and elegant lyric baritone. The credit also needs to be given to his unique and attractive voice. The Verdi baritone characters that needed a voice like that of Nucci worked in his favor and have credited more demand for him. His ability to sing with clarity, elegance and great frequency made him one of the most in-demand baritones who was sought by famous conductors all over the world to fill their risky and challenging characters.