Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass)
Born: 6th November 1920, Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 12th March 1991, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Nationality: Italian, Russian
Artist's website: http://www.nicolarossilemeni.org/
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni was a basso opera singer of mixed Italian-Russian parentage.
Rossi-Lemeni was born in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of an Italian colonel and a Russian mother. In his prime he was one of the most respected bassos in Italy. The composer Ildebrando Pizzetti wrote the opera Assassinio nella cattedrale (1958) specifically for Rossi-Lemeni. He was also a prize-winning poet and a painter.