Gedda [Ustinoff], Nicolai (Harry Gustaf)
- Harold Rosenthal
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(b Stockholm, July 11, 1925; d Tolochenaz, Switzerland, Jan 8, 2017). Swedish tenor. His Russian father was a member of the Kuban Don Cossack Choir and subsequently choirmaster at the Russian Orthodox church in Leipzig; his mother, whose maiden name he adopted professionally, was Swedish. He studied with Carl Martin Oehman, and at the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 1951 he made his début at the Swedish Royal Opera in the première of Sutermeister’s Der rote Stiefel; in the following year he sang there as Chapelou in Le postillon de Lonjumeau, to immediate acclaim. He made his début at La Scala as Don Ottavio in 1953 and at the same theatre created the Groom in Orff’s Il trionfo di Afrodite. In 1954 he sang Huon in Oberon at the Paris Opéra, and the next year made his Covent Garden début as the Duke of Mantua in ...