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`TOSCANINI SOPRANO’ NELLI DIES

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Herva Nelli, an Italian-born soprano, died May 31 in Sharon, Conn. She was 85. Her sister, Delfa, said the cause was leukemia.

Miss Nelli, often called "the Toscanini soprano" because of her seven-year association with the conductor, was reared in Pittsburgh and made her debut in 1937. In her years with the NBC Symphony, she performed in several Verdi operas and went to Italy with Toscanini for the postwar reopening of La Scala opera house.