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Rita Montaner

Rita Aurelia Fulcida Montaner y Facenda (20 August 1900 – 17 April 1958), known as Rita Montaner, was a Cuban singer, pianist and actress. In Cuban parlance, she was a vedette (a star), and was well known in Mexico City, Paris, Miami and New York, where she performed, filmed and recorded on numerous occasions. She was one of Cuba's most popular artists between the late 1920s and 1950s, renowned as Rita de Cuba. Though classically trained as a soprano for zarzuelas, her mark was made as a singer of Afro-Cuban salon songs including "The Peanut Vendor" and "Siboney".

Throughout her career, Montaner kept a close personal and professional relationship with two famous musicians from her hometown of Guanabacoa: pianist-singer Bola de Nieve and composer Ernesto Lecuona.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 22nd, 1900 (Guanabacoa), Died April 17th, 1958 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-86378 10-in. 1/8/1935 Arrolla Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor G-2955 10-in. 3/15/1923 Amar, eso es todo Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor G-2957 10-in. 3/16/1923 Por tus ojos Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor G-2958 10-in. 3/16/1923 Presentimiento Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor G-2959 10-in. 3/16/1923 Pensamiento Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor G-2960 10-in. 3/16/1923 Linda cubana Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor G-2961 10-in. 3/16/1923 Vivir sin tus caricias Eusebio Delfín ; Rita Montaner Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-04-27-02] 10-in. 4/27/1927 Noche azul Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96139 10-in. approximately 1928 Canto siboney Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96140 10-in. approximately 1928 ¡Ay' Mamá Inés! Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96165 10-in. approximately 1928 Canción azul Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96166 10-in. approximately 1928 La gitana Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96205 10-in. approximately 1928 El manisero Rita Montaner Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96206 10-in. approximately 1928 Traje de soiree Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96207 10-in. approximately 1928 La reglana Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96252 10-in. approximately 1928 Galanes y damiselas Rita Montaner ; Caridad Suárez Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96260 10-in. approximately 1928 Niña Rita Rita Montaner ; Vincente Morin Female-male vocal duet vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia S96269 10-in. approximately 1928 El calesero Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96679 10-in. August 1928 Te odio Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96680 10-in. August 1928 Negrita Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96681 10-in. August 1928 Júrame Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96684 10-in. August 1928 Palmira Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96685 10-in. August 1928 Pavo real Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96690 10-in. August 1928 Tus ojos azules Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W96691 10-in. August 1928 El quitrín Joseph M. Lacalle ; Rita Montaner ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Montaner, Rita," accessed May 9, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105232.

Montaner, Rita. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 9, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105232.

"Montaner, Rita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 9 May 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105232

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