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The Guitar Lesson: 1910

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

New York, 1910. "Elvira de Hildalgo." Our winsome Spanish soprano reprises her previous appearance, this time with instrumental accompaniment. Among her vocal pupils in later years was Maria Callas. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.


Bella Dona Catalana

Nineteen years old, three years into her career and in NYC to sing with Caruso. Oh beautiful fleeting youth. Some 40 odd years later she talks of her tutelage of Maria Callas in French, with cigarettes, or course:

E minor

In this posed photo, at least the chord is real.

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