Wanted: Hariclea Darclée!
In writing this biography we are in constant need for material or logistic support.
Regarding Darclée there are three sources of interest. Should you be able to help, or should you have materials of the kind we are looking for, we would appreciate it if you could share this with us. Naturally any contributions will be accepted, but we have no problem buying materials of interest at fair prices.
1. Original recordings, photographs etc.
- We buy or accept any original recordings ***, photographs, newspaper reviews, letters and other memorabilia regarding Darclée or performances she participated in.
- Should you have one of the items under 1) and you do not want to sell or donate them, we are happy to study any sort of reproduction you can provide us with.
- We covered most of Europe, planning to cover what's left in the year before us, but an important part of Darclées career took place in Argentina, Chile and Brasil. We are looking for operalovers from Buenos Ayres, Rosario de Santa Fé, Valparaiso, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Santiago who want to assist our research in the archives and libraries there.
*** The recordings we are looking for are the known recordings of Darclée as they have been mentioned in different sources. It is not probable that they were actually distributed, although it seems at least some testpressings left the Fonotipia factory. Of four takes matrix numbers exist, of the first batch only the titles are known.
Fonotipia - Milano 1904
Withouth matrix numbers
PUCCINI | TOSCA - Non la sospiri
PUCCINI | TOSCA - Vissi d'arte
MASCAGNI | IRIS - S'era ammalata
MASCAGNI | IRIS - La piovra
VERDI | TRAVIATA - Ah fors'è lui
VERDI | TRAVIATA - Sempre libere
With matrix numbers
Xph 1503 PUCCINI | TOSCA
Xph 1504 DONIZETTI | DON PASQUALE
Xph 1505 DONIZETTI | DON PASQUALE
Xph 1506 MASCAGNI | CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA