Carolina White

Carolina White (May 23, 1886 – October 5, 1961) was an American operatic soprano who had an active performance career during the first three decades of the 20th century. After beginning her career as a concert soprano in Boston in 1905, she went to Europe where she established herself as a leading soprano in Italy and Switzerland, beginning at the Teatro di San Carlo in 1908. After appearing in major opera houses like La Scala and La Fenice, White left Europe in 1910 to join the roster of artists at the Chicago Grand Opera Company where she was a leading soprano through 1914. After this she was active primarily as a concert soprano up through 1922. She made several recordings for Columbia Records during the second decade of the 20th century.

In addition to her work as a soprano, White had a brief career as an actress, appearing opposite Enrico Caruso in the silent film My Cousin (1918). Today she is best remembered for performing leading roles in the United States premieres of several operas; including the American premieres of Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna in 1911 and I gioielli della Madonna in 1912, and Leoncavallo's Zingari in 1913. She was also one of the first performers to portray Minnie in Puccini's La fanciulla del West; performing that role shortly after its world premiere in New York in 1910 for that opera's first performances in the cities of Chicago (1910), Milwaukee (1910), and Boston (1911). White was critically successful in many roles. She was particularly admired for her portrayal of the title role in Verdi's Aida.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 23, 1886 (Boston), Died October 5, 1961 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Notes: Sometimes listed as Carolina Longone White.

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 38348 10-in. 10/17/1912 'O sole mio Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38349 10-in. 10/17/1912 Irish love song Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38351 10-in. 10/18/1912 Spring song Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38352 10-in. 10/18/1912 In quelle trine morbide Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38837 10-in. 5/10/1913 At parting Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38838 10-in. 5/10/1913 The lass with the delicate air Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 38839 10-in. 5/13/1913 The sweetest story ever told Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 39337 10-in. 4/24/1914 Greeting Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 39341 10-in. 4/27/1914 A birthday Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 39342 10-in. 4/27/1914 I hear a thrush at eve Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 39343 10-in. 4/27/1914 Ouvres tes yeux bleus Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 47265 10-in. 1/4/1917 My wonderful love for thee Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 47266 10-in. 1/4/1917 Until Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 30869 12-in. 10/24/1911 Un bel di vedremo Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 30870 12-in. 10/24/1911 Roberto, tu che adoro Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 30871 12-in. ca. 1911 Depuis le jour Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 30897 12-in. 11/20/1911 Stridono lassu Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 30898 12-in. 11/20/1911 Dove sono Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36717 12-in. 5/10/1913 Irish love song Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36718 12-in. ca. 1913 Deceva cannetella Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36719 12-in. 5/13/1913 Ritorna vincitor Carolina White Soprano vocal solo with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36720 12-in. 5/13/1913 The last rose of summer Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36722 12-in. 5/15/1913 O patria mia Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36938 12-in. ca. 1914 Serenade Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 36939 12-in. ca. 1914 A little love, a little kiss Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "White, Carolina," accessed March 1, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116808.

White, Carolina. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116808.

"White, Carolina." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 1 March 2024.

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