Imperio Argentina

María Magdalena Nile del Río (26 December 1910 – 22 August 2003) was an Argentine professional singer and movie actress, better known as Imperio Argentina; she became a citizen of Spain in 1999.

María Magdalena Nile del Río was born to Antonio Nile (a guitar player, born in Gibraltar) and Rosario del Río (a native of Monda in the Province of Málaga). She performed onstage in her native Argentina, where she had a long and successful career. At that time, her stage name was Pettit Imperio. But her most successful moments came after she moved to Spain. It was there that she changed her name to Imperio Argentina, as a way to honor her "other country". While in Spain, del Río participated in many movies, and she participated frequently in television and radio. She obtained Spanish citizenship in 1999.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 22nd, 1906 (Buenos Aires), Died August 22nd, 2003 (Benalmádena)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: mezzo-soprano

Notes: Née Magdalena Nile del Río.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone BS2569 10-in. 4/26/1928 Añoranzas criollas Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Gramophone BS2570 10-in. 4/26/1928 Negro Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Gramophone BS2574 10-in. 4/26/1928 Presumida Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Gramophone BS2575 10-in. 4/26/1928 Araca corazón Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Gramophone BS2589 10-in. 4/30/1928 San Juanina Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Gramophone BS2591 10-in. 4/30/1928 Mi perro pinto Imperio Argentina Female vocal solo, with guitars vocalist, mezzo-soprano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Argentina, Imperio," accessed June 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104912.

Argentina, Imperio. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104912.

"Argentina, Imperio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104912

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