V0100. HINA SPANI: Songs by Caccini & Campi; Arias from Faust, Pagliacci, Tosca, Il Trovatore, Ballo, Manon, La Wally, Guillaume Tell, Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Otello & Lohengrin; HINA SPANI & PAOLO MASINI: Cavalleria - Tu qui, Santuzza?; HINA SPANI & APOLLO GRANFORTE: Pagliacci - Decidi il mio destin. (England) Pearl 9196, recorded 1927-30. Transfers by Keith Hardwick. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 727031919629
gHina Spani's career was centered mostly in South America, Spain and Italy. She appear neither at the Met nor in England or Germany. This may be the reason why she is still underrated. She enjoyed a long and successful career and sang opposite the greatest singers such as Caruso, Chaliapin, Bonci, De Angelis, Ruffo, Stracciari, Gigli and many others. Hina Spani was a true dramatic soprano. Her upper register was particularly remarkable, coupled with brilliance and a fine attack. She was very responsive to changing moods and to the sense of words. She made some of the most satisfying and exciting operatic records to be heard from the early years of electrical recordings. With Hina Spani we can learn what impassioned singing is about!"
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile