Elvira (Elvira Juana Rodríguez Roglán) DeHidalgo

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Spain on 12/28/1891. She was a pupil of Spanish song teacher Melchiorre Vidal, who also taught many renowned Spanish singers of the interwar period. She debuted as Rosina [The barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia] at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples (1907). Soon afterwards she was invited to sing the same role in Paris opposite Feodor Chaliapin, followed by appearances in Monte Carlo, Prague and Cairo. In 1910 she debuted at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Met) as Rosina, as well as Gilda [Rigoletto] opposite Enrico Caruso, and Amina [The sleepwalker/La sonnambula]. She later returned there as Rosina, Gilda and Lucia [Lucia di Lammermoor], opposite Beniamino Gigli (1924/1925). She debuted at La Scala Milan as Rosina in 1916. In 1922 she appeared as Rosina, Gilda and Violetta [The fallen woman/La traviata] at Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón and in 1924 as Gilda at the Royal Opera House in London, and as Lakmé [Lakmé] in Chicago. In 1926-27 she participated in a tour of the US and Canada opposite Chaliapin. She recorded excerpts from operas (Columbia, Fonotipia), as well as Greek folk songs during her stay in Greece. Starting in 1919, and regularly during the interwar years, she sang in opera performances in Greece. In 1934 she began teaching at the Athens Conservatoire and in 1937 gave the last performances of her career in Pallas Theater, Athens. She was a teacher of Maria Callas. In 1948 she settled in Ankara, Turkey where she continued to teach. She died in Milan on 21/1/1980. In 1939, when establishing the GNO, Kostis Bastias chose her as artistic consultant for the hiring of soloists and choristers.