Amparito Farrar

Amparito Farrar (May 18, 1893 — October 31, 1989) was an American soprano concert singer who came to prominence after performing in France for the troops during World War I.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Farrar was the daughter of Spanish-American parents. She was raised in Portland and Sacramento, California, and began singing at a young age, accompanied by her musician mother. As an adolescent, Farrar traveled to Europe, where she studied music in Vienna, Paris, London, and Milan. While in Europe, she performed with the Vienna Opera, and appeared in a West End performance of Adele in 1914.

Farrar pursued a musical career in New York City, signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, before sailing to France with her mother in the summer of 1918 to entertain troops fighting in World War I. Upon returning to the United States following a five-month stint, Farrar married Goodrich Truman Smith, a soldier she had met while abroad, in Manhattan. She lived the remainder of her life there and in Florida, where she died in 1989, aged 96.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 18th, 1893 (Portland), Died October 31st, 1989 (Winter Park)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1919

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 77623 10-in. 1/10/1918 Sweet and low Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 77624 10-in. 1/10/1918 Mighty lak' a rose Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 77960 10-in. 7/23/1918 Serenata Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 77961 10-in. 7/23/1918 Venetian song Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78242 10-in. 1/2/1919 Little grey home in the West Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78243 10-in. 1/2/1919 At dawning Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78247 10-in. 1/3/1919 I hear a thrush at eve Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78251 10-in. 1/11/1919 Madelon Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78308 10-in. 2/18/1919 When Johnny comes marching home Columbia Quartette ; Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78689 10-in. 9/23/1919 Kentucky dream Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 78690 10-in. 9/23/1919 One loving caress Amparito Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Farrar, Amparito," accessed March 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114905.

Farrar, Amparito. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114905.

"Farrar, Amparito." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114905

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