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Josephina Huguet

Giuseppina Huguet (1871–1951) was a Catalan operatic soprano with a lyrical voice who sang throughout Europe prior to World War I.

Huguet was born in 1871 and registered on official documents as "Josefina" Huguet. Her first music teacher was Francisco Bonet in Barcelona, where she soon made her operatic debut as Lakmé at the Teatro Liceu of Barcelona. She subsequently toured several countries, including some South American nations. She performed, too, with success in Italy, appearing for the first time at Milan's La Scala in 1896, where she sang the role of Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet. Huguet proved popular in Russia as well.

Although Huguet often sang coloratura parts, such as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, she also undertook the verismo roles of Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème and Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and her recordings even include excerpts from Wagner's Lohengrin (on which she is accompanied by the famous tenor Fernando De Lucia). Indeed, her complete repertoire contained a wide range of roles: from The Queen of Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute to Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

Huguet's career as a recording artist was not particularly extensive. Her discography consists mainly of arias and ensemble pieces from opera that were recorded by the Gramophone Company, forerunner of EMI. She also sang the role of Nedda in the first complete recording of Pagliacci in 1907 (with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Carlo Sabajno conducting). Volume One of The Record of Singing by Michael Scott (Duckworth, London, 1977) contains a synopsis of her career and an appraisal of her records, some of which are available on CD transfers.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 21st, 1871 (Barcelona), Died Barcelona

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1909

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 610c 12-in. May 1906 Aria dei gioielli Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 611½c 12-in. May 1906 Escena de la iglesia Josephina Huguet ; Giuseppe Torres de Luna Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 612c 12-in. May 1906 Rammenta i lieti di Josephina Huguet ; Giuseppe Torres de Luna Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 613c 12-in. May 1906 Lassù in cielo Josephina Huguet ; Renzo Minolfi Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 615c 12-in. May 1906 Io son Titania Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 620c 12-in. approximately May 1906 Parigi, o cara Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 621c 12-in. approximately May 1906 Non hai compreso un cor fedel Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 627c 12-in. May 1906 Si, carina caprettina Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 628c 12-in. May 1906 Una voce poco fa Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 630c 12-in. approximately May 1906 Ah, qual colpo Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Pini-Corsi Vocal trio (soprano, tenor and baritone), with piano accompaniment vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 633c 12-in. May 1906 Non conosci il bel suol Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 638c 12-in. approximately May 1906 E' il sol dell'anima Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 639c 12-in. May 1906 O vago suol della Turenna Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 641c 12-in. May 1906 Ballata d'Ofelia Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 643c 12-in. May 1906 Bella figlia dell' amore Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Carmelo Lanzirotti ; Emma Zaccaria Vocal quartet (2 sopranos, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1170½c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Cessarô, i canti alfin Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1171c 12-in. May 1907 Mai devi domandarmi Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1172c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Mia madre vedo ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1173c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Dammi ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1189c 12-in. Spring 1907 D'un guardo, un sorrisetto Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1193c 12-in. 1907 Finale ultimo Josephina Huguet ; Emanuele Ischierdo ; Clara Joanna ; Giuseppe Rossi ; Aristodemo Sillich Vocal quintet (2 sopranos, tenor, and 2 basses), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1198c 12-in. 1907 Pronta io son Ernesto Badini ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1220c 12-in. June 1907 Nulla scordai Ernesto Badini ; Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet Vocal trio (soprano and 2 baritones), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Huguet, Josephina," accessed September 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111682.

Huguet, Josephina. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111682.

"Huguet, Josephina." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 September 2020.

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