Giovanni Nasta, founder of Unison Research and Opera Loudspeakers (1955-2020)

I only met Giovanni Nasta once, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2011. He wound up having a huge impact on my life, as well as Colleen’s, for the last decade. Mr. Nasta was the founder of Opera Loudspeakers and the head of Unison Research, and Colleen and I represented his product from July of 2011 until October 2018, when we sadly stopped operations of Colleen Cardas Imports. His son, Bartolomeo, became one of our our dearest friends–not only in the high-end industry, but in life. We called him brother, and he called me brother and Colleen sister. In fact, we stopped calling him Bart a long time ago.

If he was our brother, that made Giovanni Nasta our Italian father. We heard the news today of his passing after a long illness, and we are both devastated.

Here is the press release from Unison Research and Opera headquarters in Italy:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the beloved Giovanni Nasta on Sunday 10th May 2020. He was 65 years old and his death is a great loss to his family and to the audio community.

“Giovanni Nasta led his life and his work in the same enthusiastic manner, always ready to experiment new roads and solutions. He founded Opera Loudspeakers and took over Unison Research, bringing them under the umbrella of A.r.i.a. Srl, and has left a prosperous and flourishing company, rich in projects and new ideas. Over the years he created a formidable team of professionals, extremely competent and passionate. His experience, sensitivity and creativity will inspire us all in carrying on his life’s work. We profoundly thank all those who were close to us during this difficult time: friends, suppliers and customers whose support we never lacked. Our mission now, is to carry on his legacy with the same passion and pure vision. Rest assured that Giovanni’s heritage is in good hands, and we will do everything to continue as he would have.”

In deep sadness,

Donatella Vigilate
Bartolomeo Nasta
Riccardo Nasta
Elisabetta Nasta

Ciao, Giovanni Nasta. You and your family are in our hearts!