V0041. ELVIRA de HIDALGO: Songs by Chapí, de Falla, Valverde, Alabiev, Proch & Álvarez; Arias from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Don Pasquale, Dinorah, Barbiere, L’Elisir, La Traviata, Roméo, Mireille & Sadko. (Germany) BelAge 103.005. Long out-of-print, final copy!
“Born in Teruel, Elvira de Hidalgo studied in Barcelona and Milan making her début in 1908 at the Teatro San Carlo as Rosina, also the role of her Metropolitan début in 1910, where she also sang Amina. She appeared at La Scala, Rome, Buenos Aires and Covent Garden, where she sang Gilda in 1924 with the British National Opera Company. Returning to the Metropolitan (1924 - 1926), she sang Gilda and Lucia. At San Francisco (1925) she sang Rosina, Violetta and Martha, then toured the United States in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Feodor Chaliapin. She retired in 1932, taught in Athens where her pupils included Maria Callas. Later she moved to Ankara and Milan. Hers is a bright and agile soprano voice, but there is no lack of gracefulness and warmth.
In 1926-27, she appeared opposite Chaliapin again, for a tour of the United States and Canada, with his Universal Artists Incorporation Company, in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.
Elvira de Hidalgo began teaching in 1933, and later held a position at the Athens Conservatoire, where the young soprano Maria Callas became her student. In 1957, Callas wrote of the woman who had an 'essential role' in her artistic formation: 'It is to this illustrious Spanish artist, whom the public and the old subscribers at La Scala will certainly recall as an unforgettable and superlative Rosina and as a splendid interpreter of other important roles, it is to this illustrious artist, I repeat, with a moved, devoted, and grateful heart, that I owe all my preparation and my artistic formation as an actress and musician. This elect woman, who, besides giving me her precious teaching, gave me her whole heart as well....'”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile