Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nedda Casei Ready To Leave Sutton Place Home For $5.5 Million

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"This seven-room apartment on the top floor of 16 Sutton Place is a little jarring at first glance, but begins to make sense, somehow, once you consider that it belongs to famous mezzo-soprano Nedda Casei. The 17th-floor co-op is pretty much the definition of customized, with wood plank ceilings, pink walls, working gas fireplace, and 18th century furniture, as well as two lush,
planted terraces with full irrigation systems, garden lights, and fountains. The whole place, of course, is soundproofed and wired with a stereo system throughout, with controls in every room. It's asking $5.5 million." [Source] "This is an extraordinary unique sun filled classic 7 with set back terraces that have spectacular views of the city and east river, both day and night. From the moment you step out of the elevator onto your semiprivate landing you will escape into a special world. This dramatic home was designed in a timeless European style by a former star of the Metropolitan Opera. The gardens, stained glass windows, wood paneling and built-ins, represent a warm, gracious, and elegant bygone era. There are closets galore and a formal library has been made out of one of the bedrooms. The eat-in kitchen has a huge walk-in pantry, sub-zero refrigerator, and professional Thermador stove vented to the outside with barbecue." View the complete listing on the Halstead Property by clicking here.
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
Nedda Casei (born September 9, 1932) is an operatic mezzo-soprano. Early in her career Nedda Casei was selected by Leopold Stokowski to sing the role of Jocasta, in Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex. She made her operatic debut at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels in 1960 and also debuted at La Scala, Milan in the same year. During her career she appeared at the Teatro San Carlo, Prague Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and other major opera houses and concert halls. She starred at the Vancouver Festival as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and received ovations for her interpretation of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Musetta in Leoncavallo's La Bohème at San Remo and Barcelona's Teatro Gran Liceo, as well as Carmen at the Salzburg Festspeilhaus. She was a leading mezzo-soprano with New York's Metropolitan Opera for 21 years, her roles including Carmen, Rosina, Suzuki, Marina, Adalgisa and Cherubino. She also sang in concert and on TV throughout Europe, South Africa, Central and South America, Canada, the USA, the Far East, Middle East, Australia and Japan. Nedda Casei opened the new concert hall in Taiwan with Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde and also appeared as Amneris in Aida for the official inauguration of the new State Opera House in Taipei. She was invited to sing as guest artist for President Lyndon Johnson on the State visit of Emperor Haile Selaissie to the White House. Nedda Casei's performances have been captured on record with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Martin Turnovský, Heinz Wallberg, Nello Santi, Hans Swarowsky, Milan Munclinger and Gianfranco Rivoli. Her opera recordings include
Mezzo Power: Casei (left), with Stephanie Blythe,
Marilyn Horne, and Frederica von Stade
(Photo: Dario Acosta/Opera News)
Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo's La Bohème, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and Madame Butterfly. Her other recordings include Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D Major (BWV 243), Haydn's Nelson Mass and Zelenka's Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae. Nedda Casei has been an advocate of legislation supporting the performing arts and classical artists including work on tax reform, health insurance and copyright laws for performing artists. She was president of The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), a post she held for 10 years. Nedda Casei is an active teacher of voice, having been Visiting Professor of Voice and Opera Staging at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagoya, Japan. She has given master-classes at numerous universities, music schools and festivals as well as being a judge for many vocal contests worldwide, such as The Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, Fulbright Scholarships and the Rosa Ponselle International Competition for the Vocal Arts. She is also a member of the Honorary Board of the George London Foundation for Singers, the Fordham University at Lincoln Center Advisory Board, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Board (NATS) and the Songs of Love - Board Foundation. Nedda Casei e has also been a Guest Editor of The Opera Quarterly and has contributed articles and reviews to Aria, Opera Magazine and the Fordham Review. She has been the recipient of many awards, such as the New York State Study Grant (1979, 1980, 1981), Outstanding Young Singers Award, (1959), Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation Award (1962–64), Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans (1975–1976) and the Woman of Achievement Award (1969). [Source]
Listen to Nedda Casei sing Ravel's Shéhérazade while taking in her terrace view at 16 Sutton Place.