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Gilda Dalla Rizza

Gilda Dalla Rizza (12 October 1892 – 5 July 1975) was an important Italian soprano.

Born in Verona, she made her operatic debut in Bologna (the Teatro Verdi) in 1912, as Charlotte in Werther. Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his La rondine (1917). Although he composed the part of Minnie in La fanciulla del West for another soprano, when Puccini saw Dalla Rizza in the part, he said, "Behold, at last I have seen my Fanciulla". She also gave the first European performances of his Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, at Rome in 1919, in the presence of Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy. He also had her in mind for Liù in Turandot, though her voice proved too heavy for the part of the young slave-girl by the time of the premiere.

Dalla Rizza appeared at the major theatres in Rome, Florence, Turin, São Paulo, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Rio de Janeiro, Verona, Naples, Monte-Carlo, Bologna, Lima, Parma, Santiago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, etc. She never appeared in the United States.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 12th, 1892 (Verona), Died July 5th, 1975 (Milan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Notes: Columbia disc label: G. Della Rizza.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 42058 10-in. between 1910 and 1916 Innegiamo al signore Gilda Dalla Rizza ; Eugenia Nuñez-Lopez Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42059 10-in. between 1910 and 1916 Ah! Lo vedi Gilda Dalla Rizza ; Gaetano Tommasini Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42061 10-in. between 1913 and 1915 La tua Santuzza piange Gilda Dalla Rizza ; G. Tommasino Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42062 10-in. between 1910 and 1915 Tu qui Santuzza Gilda Dalla Rizza ; G. Tommasino Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42070 10-in. between 1913 and 1915 La vergine degli angeli Gilda Dalla Rizza Soprano vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42071 10-in. between 1913 and 1915 Madre pietosa vergine Gilda Dalla Rizza Soprano vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42083 10-in. between 1910 and 1914 Ave Maria Gilda Dalla Rizza Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 42084 10-in. between 1910 and 1914 Canzone del salice Gilda Dalla Rizza Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dalla Rizza, Gilda," accessed June 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106003.

Dalla Rizza, Gilda. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106003.

"Dalla Rizza, Gilda." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106003

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