V2365. NAZZARENO DE ANGELIS: Songs by Schubert & Niedermeyer; Arias from Barbiere, I Lombardi, Il Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Aïda, Ernani, Fra Diavolo, Robert Le Diable, La Boheme, Mefistofele, Faust, Mignon & Les Huguenots. (Austria) Preiser 89507, recorded 1907-09, Fonotipia. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281895071
“During his 36-year career, de Angelis appeared on stage on more than 1500 occasions, performing a repertoire of 57 different operas. He was especially celebrated for his powerful portrayal of the title rôle in Boito's MEFISTOFELE, which he sang at least 500 times between 1906 and 1938. Making his début at La Scala in 1907, and appearing often under the baton of La Scala's principal conductor, Arturo Toscanini, in 1913, he created there the rôle of Archibaldo in Montemezzi's L'AMORE DEI TRE RE. He also sang at the Paris Opéra, in 1909, as the High Priest in Spontini's LA VESTALE. Other than singing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago during the years 1910-11 and 1915–20, de Angelis' career was based almost entirely in Europe. He did, however, make a sequence of acclaimed appearances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, beginning with the 1911 season.
de Angelis possessed one of the most impressive bass voices produced by Italy; his was a big, dark and well blended vocal instrument with strong top notes and plenty of stamina and carrying power. Chronologically, de Angelis succeeded the famous late-19th century basses Francesco Navarini and Vittorio Arimondi and anticipated the rise to prominence in the 1920's of Ezio Pinza and Tancredi Pasero. He made his first recordings in 1907/08 for Fonotipia, and his last in the late 1920's and early '30s for Columbia. In 1931, he recorded MEFISTOFELE in Milano. It is the only rôle that he recorded in its entirety.”
- David Cutler THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2014