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Frances Alda

Frances Davis Alda (31 May 1879 – 18 September 1952) was a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised operatic soprano. She achieved fame during the first three decades of the 20th century due to her outstanding singing voice, fine technique and colourful personality, as well as her frequent onstage partnerships at the New York Metropolitan Opera with Enrico Caruso.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 31st, 1879 (Christchurch), Died September 18th, 1952 (Venice)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal, piano, director, speaker

Notes: Listed in Victor ledgers as "Mme. Frances Alda."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8506 12-in. 12/27/1909 Miserere Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8577 12-in. 1/25/1910 Salce, salce Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8578 12-in. 1/25/1910 Ave Maria Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8883 12-in. 4/25/1910 Sul fil d'un soffio etesio Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8884 12-in. 4/25/1910 Addio, senza rancor Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8885 12-in. 4/25/1910 Mi chiamano Mimi Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-8886 12-in. 4/25/1910 Serenata Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-8887 10-in. 4/25/1910 Oh! Si les fleurs avaient des yeux Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with piano (take 1); with orchestra (take 2) vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-10187 10-in. 4/14/1911 From the land of the sky-blue water Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-10188 10-in. 4/14/1911 L'ora o Tirsi Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BVE-10188 10-in. 3/6/1928 L'ora o Tirsi Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-10189 10-in. 4/14/1911 Cradle song Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-10190 10-in. 4/14/1911 Cuckoo Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11150 12-in. 10/30/1911 Ah, dunque ei m'amera Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11151 10-in. 10/30/1911 Romance Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11152 10-in. 10/30/1911 In quelle trine morbide Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11437 12-in. 1/7/1912 Siam giunti, o giovinette Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso ; Josephine Jacoby ; Marcel Journet Vocal quartet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11438 12-in. 1/7/1912 Che vuol dir ciò Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso ; Josephine Jacoby ; Marcel Journet Vocal quartet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11439 12-in. 1/7/1912 Presto, presto Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso ; Josephine Jacoby ; Marcel Journet Vocal quartet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11440 12-in. 1/7/1912 Quartetto notturno Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso ; Josephine Jacoby ; Marcel Journet Vocal quartet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11441 12-in. 1/7/1912 Qual volutta Frances Alda ; Enrico Caruso ; Marcel Journet Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-12559 12-in. 11/4/1912 Elle a fui Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-12560 10-in. 11/4/1912 The birth of morn Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-12561 10-in. 11/4/1912 Ich liebe dich Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-12562 10-in. 11/4/1912 The dawn Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alda, Frances," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103560.

Alda, Frances. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103560.

"Alda, Frances." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

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