Marguerite D'Alvarez

Marguerite d'Alvarez (c. 1883 - 18 October 1953) was an English contralto.

d'Alvarez was born in Bootle, her father was Peruvian and her mother French. She studied at the Brussels conservatoire, and made her debut in Rouen in 1907, singing Delilah. After further studies in Paris she made her first American appearances with the Manhattan Opera Company in 1909 as Fidès in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Le prophète. Following her season in New York City, she went to London to help Oscar Hammerstein inaugurate his London Opera in 1911; that year, she scored great successes in French roles.

d'Alvarez subsequently appeared at leading European opera houses such as Covent Garden, and also sang in Chicago and Boston.

She made several acoustic recordings in New York in 1920-21, including arias from her operatic repertoire and Spanish songs by Falla, Chapi and Tabuyo.

She made three films, Till We Meet Again, in 1944, An Angel Comes to Brooklyn (1945) and Affair in Monte Carlo (1953); her autobiography, Forsaken Altars, was published in 1954, after her death in Alassio, Italy.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1886 (Liverpool), Died October 18th, 1953 (Alassio)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-31748 10-in. 1/23/1925 Homing Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-31748 10-in. 5/5/1925 Homing Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-31750 10-in. 1/23/1925 Water boy Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-31755 10-in. 1/23/1925 Ojos tapatios Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-31755 10-in. 5/5/1925 Ojos tapatios Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-31756 10-in. 1/23/1925 La zagalina Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-31756 10-in. 5/5/1925 La zagalina Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-32581 10-in. 5/5/1925 Do not go, my love Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-33976 10-in. 12/8/1925 Tus ojillos negros Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor CVE-34299 12-in. 1/26/1926 Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor CVE-34500 12-in. 1/26/1926 Printemps qui commence Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-34501 10-in. 1/26/1926 Seguidilla Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-34502 10-in. 1/26/1926 Habanera Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38459 10-in. 4/13/1927 Nobody knows de trouble I've seen Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-38460 10-in. 4/13/1927 My Lord, what a mornin' Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-58147 10-in. 1/2/1930 Ojos tapatios Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-58148 10-in. 1/2/1930 Las hijas del Zebedeo Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-58150 10-in. 1/3/1930 En calesa Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-58151 10-in. 1/3/1930 El nino judio Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor [Trial 1923-12-26-05] 10-in. 12/26/1923 La zagalina Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
Victor [Trial 1923-12-26-06] 12-in. 12/26/1923 Seguilla Marguerite D'Alvarez Contralto vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "D'Alvarez, Marguerite," accessed August 7, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107535.

D'Alvarez, Marguerite. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107535.

"D'Alvarez, Marguerite." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 7 August 2020.

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