V1020. LUCIANO NERONI: Im tiefen Keller (in Italian) (Fischer); Arias from Zauberflöte, Barbiere, Mosè, I Puritani, Les Huguenots, L'Elisir, Lucia, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Mefistofele, Salvator Rosa, Dejanice, Boris Godounov & Die Walküre. (Austria) Preiser 89643, recorded 1939-48, all Cetra. - 717281896436
“In the summer of 1933, Neroni was admitted to the finals of the National Competition of Bel Canto del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, won two radio concerts and booking for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in Milan. That autumn, he was a finalist in the Bologna Young Artists Competition, and was contracted to the Teatro Argentina in Rome during the opera season, to be conducted by Mascagni. This experience led to him also the first recordings for the EIAR.
After 1933, Neroni embarked on the major portion of his career, featured in AÏDA, BARBIERE, LA BOHÈME, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, ERNANI, FALSTAFF, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, LA GIOCONDA, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, NABUCCO, NORMA, RIGOLETTO, LA SONNAMBULA, TOSCA, LA TRAVIATA, IL TROVATORE and TURANDOT, throughout Italy. His career was interrupted in 1943-44 by having been imprisoned by the Nazis. His career recommenced with the end of the war, 1945.
After successes at San Carlo, Rome Opera, La Scala, and at Covent Garden in London, he was featured with Gigli, Callas and Tebaldi. Neroni was launched for the final international success to sing at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, and in 1951 was offered a Met Opera contract, but he died prematurely at age 42.”
- Ned Ludd