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Rosalia Chalia

Chalía Herrera, born Rosalía Gertrudis de la Concepción Díaz de Herrera y de Fonseca (17 November 1864, in Havana – 16 November 1948), was a Cuban soprano. She had the distinction of being the first Cuban musical artist to be recorded. She recorded, outside Cuba, numbers from the zarzuela Cadíz in 1898 on unnumbered Bettini cylinders. Much of her career was spent in Cuba, but she also sang in Mexico City, New York City, Milan, Caracas, Madrid and Barcelona.

Chalía studied singing with Angelo Massanet, then she went to New York to perfect her skills at the School of Opera and Oratorio of Emilio Agramonte. Later on she studied violin with Laureano Fuentes Matons in Santiago de Cuba. In 1895 she appeared in the Weber Hall in New York, performing to raise money for the Cuban War of Independence.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 17th, 1864 (Havana), Died Havana

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1912

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]478 7-in. 10/30/1900 Stella del norte : Barcarolla Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]479 7-in. 10/30/1900 Ah! Fors'é lui Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]480 7-in. 10/30/1900 L'addio del passato Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]481 7-in. 10/30/1900 Una voce poco fa Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]482 7-in. 10/30/1900 The last rose of summer Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]482 10-in. 5/24/1901 The last rose of summer Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]483 7-in. 10/30/1900 Ai nostri monti Mme. Albasora ; Rosalia Chalia Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]541 7-in. 12/3/1900 Thou brilliant bird Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano and flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]542 7-in. 12/3/1900 Caro nome Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]543 7-in. 12/3/1900 O patria mia Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]544 7-in. 12/3/1900 Il bacio Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]545 7-in. 12/3/1900 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]545 10-in. 6/3/1901 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]546 7-in. 12/3/1900 Mefistofele : Serenata Rosalia Chalia ; Jane Frankel Vocal duet (soprano and contralto) vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]547 7-in. 12/4/1900 Pietà signore Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]548 7-in. 12/4/1900 Angel's serenade Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]549 7-in. 12/4/1900 Gounod's serenade Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]550 7-in. 12/4/1900 Ave Maria Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]551 7-in. 12/4/1900 Seguidillas Manchegas Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]552 7-in. 12/4/1900 Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]552 10-in. 6/3/1901 Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]553 7-in. 12/4/1900 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]554 7-in. 12/4/1900 Quis est homo Rosalia Chalia ; Jane Frankel Vocal duet (soprano and contralto) vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]555 7-in. 12/4/1900 Sur la grand mer Rosalia Chalia ; Jane Frankel Vocal duet (soprano and contralto) vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]556 7-in. 12/4/1900 Mesta ognor Rosalia Chalia ; Jane Frankel Vocal duet (soprano and contralto) vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 139 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chalia, Rosalia," accessed September 18, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108819.

Chalia, Rosalia. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108819.

"Chalia, Rosalia." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 18 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108819

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