Baltimore-born Nedda Casei made her 1964 Metropolitan Opera debut as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto alongside Roberta Peters (Gilda) and Carlo Bergonzi (Duke of Mantua), under the baton of conductor Nello Santi. She went on to sing 284 performances with the company in such roles as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Bersi (Andrea Chénier), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Dangeville (Adriana Lecouvreur), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino), Leonora (La Favorita), Zulma (L'Italiana in Algeri), Flora (La Traviata) and the title role of Carmen. Her last performance with the MET was 1984 as Larina in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. More biographical information about the mezzo-soprano after the jump.
|The mezzo-soprano in her days|
at the Metropolitan Opera
|Mezzo Power: Casei (left), with Stephanie Blythe,|
Marilyn Horne, and Frederica von Stade
(Photo: Dario Acosta/Opera News)
|Listen to Nedda Casei sing Ravel's Shéhérazade while taking in her terrace view at 16 Sutton Place.|