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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 51-75 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11580 10-in. 2/9/1912 Mulatica de mi vida Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11581 10-in. 2/9/1912 Lungi dal caro bene Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11582 10-in. 2/9/1912 Clave de la zarzuela Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11583 10-in. 2/9/1912 Soledades Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11660 10-in. 3/5/1912 La pandereta Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11666 10-in. 3/5/1912 Pesetas Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11667 10-in. 3/5/1912 Maldito loro Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11668 10-in. 3/5/1912 Andalusian tango Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11669 10-in. 3/5/1912 Pietà Signore Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11670 10-in. 3/5/1912 Corraleras Sevillanas Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11890 10-in. 4/18/1912 Lloraba un corazón Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11891 10-in. 4/18/1912 Tango de los lunares Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11892 10-in. 4/18/1912 Los ojos negros Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11893 10-in. 4/18/1912 Guarina Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11894 10-in. 4/18/1912 Habanera Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor C-11895 12-in. 4/18/1912 Voi lo sapete o mamma Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-11896 10-in. 4/18/1912 Juanita Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1911-11-01-03] Not documented 11/1/1911 [Unknown title(s)] Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21620 10-in. approximately July 1912 Juanita Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21621 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Loca de amor Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21623 10-in. approximately July 1912 Por qué cuando aquel día Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21624 10-in. approximately July 1912 Lloraba un corazón Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21628 10-in. approximately July 1912 Soledades Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 21636 10-in. approximately July 1912 La rubia de los lunares Rosalia Chalia Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Zonophone [Zo cat 575] 9-in. Before Oct. 1901 Tristezas Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 51-75 of 139 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chalia, Rosalia," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108819.

Chalia, Rosalia. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108819.

"Chalia, Rosalia." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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

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