(April 28, 1920- ) is an American
, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
. She is most famous for singing many roles both live and on radio
under the baton of the legendary Arturo Toscanini
between 1944 and 1952, while he was conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra
. Among the roles she sang with him, all released on CD
, are Maddalena in Act IV of Giuseppe Verdi
, Emilia in Verdi's Otello
, Mistress Page in Verdi's Falstaff
, and the trouser role of Orfeo in Act II of Gluck
's Orfeo ed Euridice
. She was also featured as Dorabella in a famous 1956 La Scala performance of Mozart
's Così fan tutte
, which was conducted by Toscanini's short-lived protegee, Guido Cantelli
. This has also been released on Compact Discs.
Nan Merriman retired from performing to raise a family in 1965.