Thursday, July 18, 2013

Elvira De Hidalgo (Soprano) (Val de Robles, Aragуn 1888 – Milano 1980)


She studied under Melchiorre Vidal in Milan. She made her stage debut in 1908 in the Teatro San Carlo, Naples as Rosina in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’.. In 1909 she guested in the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt in Paris, in Cairo and in the opera house of Monte Carlo. In this opera house she guested from 1909-12 as Rosina in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Linda di Chamounix of  Donizetti, Gilda in the ‘’Rigoletto’’, in 1917 again as Rosina, in 1919 as Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’ and as Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’. She appeared in 1910 in the Vienna Court Opera, in 1909 and 1910 in Prague. From 1910-11 and 1915-19 she sang in the Teatro Costanzi, Rome among other things the role of Philine in ‘’Mignon’’ of  A. Thomas and Elvira in ‘’I Puritani’’ of Bellini. Other guest performances led the singer to the Teatro Liceo, Barcelona (1911-13, 1916-17, 1922-23), to the Grand Opéra, Paris (1916 as Norina in ‘’Don Paquale’’, in 1922 as Gilda, in 1923 as queen of the night in the ‘’Magic flute’’), to the Teatro Real, Madrid (1916-23), to the Court Opera of  St. Petersburg (1913) and over and over again to the big Italian stages (Teatro Comunale, Bologna in 1914 as Rosina, Teatro San Carlo, Naples till 1928, Teatro Bellini, Catania). In  the 1910-11 and from 1924-26 she was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, where she debuted as Rosina in Rossini’s ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. She sang there, in addition, the role of Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and the as Lucia in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. In 1916 she guested in the La Scala as Rosina, in 1922 in the same part, in 1914 and 1922 in the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires. In 1924 she performed in the Covent Garden, Londonas Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, in 1925 she sang in the San Francisco Opera. There followed a tour with famous bass Fedor Schaljapin. She married the manager of the casino of Ostend where she was to be heard since then often in concerts. Since 1932 she lived as a pedagogue on the Greek island Corfuand then became a professor of the Athens Conservatory. Here she was the teacher of the famous prima donna Maria Callas. In 1936 she finished finally her career. From 1949-58 she worked as a pedagogue at the Ankara Conservatory, where soprano Leyla Gencer belonged to her pupils. She lived later in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1909 Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1910 New York  Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1911 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1911 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Valencia  Teatro Principal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 San Pietroburgo  Nuovo Conservatorio Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Stoccolma  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Torino  Teatro Regio Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 San Pietroburgo  Narowni Doma Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Odessa Teatro Municipale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Cordoba Teatro Rivera Indarte Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Rosario di Santa Fè  Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Montevideo Teatro Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Tucuman  Teatro Odeon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Bologna  Teatro Del Corso Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1914 Torino  Politeama Chiarella Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1915 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1915 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Milano  Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Roma  Teatro Quirino Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo   Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1917 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1918 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1918 Genova  Politeama Genovese Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1918 Milano  Teatro Lirico Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-01
Dinorah (Meyerbeer): Ombra leggiera Fonotipia 92352 XPh3455
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fa, pt 1 92300 XPh3457
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): pt 2 92301 XPh3458

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-16
La perla de Triana (Yradier) Viva la ter morena 62348 XPh3523
Malaguena (Pagans)  62349 XPh3524

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-21
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Quel guardo il cavalier 92302 XPh3548
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): So anch'io la virtu magica 92303 XPh3549

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-26
A Granada (Alvarez) Fonotipia 92307 Ph3562
Don Giovanni  (Mozart): La ci darem la mano with Antonio Magini-Coletti 92356 XPh3563

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-01
Sonnambula  (Bellini): Come per me sereno 92304 XPh3582
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti) Prendi, per me sei libero 92355 XPh3583

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-05
Sonnambula (Bellini): Ah non credea mirarti 92305 XPh3599

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-10
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Benedette queste carte... Della crudele 92354 XPh3615

Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-30
Mireille (Gounod) O d'amor messagera 92746 XPh4017

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