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Hina Spani

(1896—1969)


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(b Puán, Buenos Aires, 15 Feb 1896; d Buenos Aires, 11 July 1969). Argentine soprano. She studied in Buenos Aires and in Italy, where in 1915 she made her début at La Scala as Anna in Alfredo Catalani's Loreley. Returning to Argentina, she performed at the Teatro Colón, notably as Nedda (Pagliacci) with Caruso and Ruffo. After World War I she gained prominence among the lyric sopranos in Italy, while adding to her repertory Richard Wagner's Elsa, Elisabeth and Sieglinde and such dramatic roles in Giuseppe Verdi as Aida and Amelia (Ballo in maschera). She reappeared at La Scala as Margherita in Mefistofele (1924), sang in France and Spain and toured Australia with Nellie Melba and the J.C. Williamson company (1928). In the 1930s she performed in Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Orfeo, Jean-Philippe Rameau's Castor et Pollux and (at the Colón) Verdi's Oberto.

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From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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