Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 29, 2012

Elda di Veroli (Soprano) (Rome 1892 – Rome 1981)

She studied voice with Ersilia Ceresoli, making her debut as Gilda in ''Rigoletto'' at the Teatro Traiano in Civitavecchia in 1919. In the same year she sang the role of Norina in  ''Don  Pasquale''  at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. She then appeared often at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, as well as at the Teatro Costanzi, and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In the season of 1922-23 she was engaged by the Italian  Opera in Holland, and in 1924 she had great success at the Teatro Carcano in Milan. In 1929 she had a lengthy series of appearances at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, and further guest appearances brought her to Bologna, Trieste,  Verona, and Padua. She also toured Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and Poland. In 1926 she appeared as Gilda at the Opera in Paris. Her career came to a close in 1937 because she was Jewish, and she was forced to remain hidden all  of 1943-1944. At the end of the War she appeared again in a concert broadcast over the Italian Radio.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Civitavecchia Teatro Traiano Rigoletto (Gilda)
1921 Lecce Politeama Greco Rigoletto (Gilda)
1923 Genova   Teatro Carlo Felice Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1925 Lisbona   Coliseo Recrejos Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1927 Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Pescatori di Perle (Leila)
1931 London Concert
1933 Genova Politeama Genovese Rigoletto (Gilda)


Columbia, Milano
Rigoletto (Verdi): Si, Vendetta with Enrico Molinari  D 5758 B1692
Rigoletto (Verdi): Ah! Veglia o donna with Enrico Molinari D 5758 b 1694
Mignon (Thomas): Io son Titania CQ 370  B3076
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Alfin son tua D5754 B1727

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