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Silvia del Rio
By Jorge Palacio (Faruk) with contribution by Abel Palermo
Singer and actress
(28 July 1935 - 11 April 2008)
Real name: Elba Victoria Coiazzet

More Del Río:
aughter of Luis Oscar Coiazzet and Lucía Montoya, she was born in the neighborhood of Flores in the city of Buenos Aires.

When she was a child her parents decided to move to the neighborhood of Núñez, near the disappeared soccer stadium of the Club Platense (located on the corner of Manuela Pedraza and Cramer). At that institution, together with her sisters, she would enjoy the sports activities that the club offered. That neighborhood had an outstanding inhabitant: Roberto Goyeneche.

After attending grade school and graduating as teacher she decided to study theater with Juan Carlos Ponferrada. Some of those who shared studies with her would later be important actors: Luis Medina Castro, Lita Soriano and Luis Tasca. She furthered her instruction as actress at the Teatro Nacional Cervantes.

Her singing debut was at one of the festivals of the Club Platense. At age 22 she appeared at the contest organized by Radio Belgrano and the Radio Film magazine. The latter was directed by the journalist Emilio Roca. Silvia turned out second. The winner was Ángeles D’Angel.

It is important to highlight that by that time important female vocalists sprang up: Nelly Vázquez, Blanca Mooney, Ruth Durante, Paula Gales, Olga Del Grossi, Diana Durán, Susy Leiva.

In 1958 and, because of the above contest, Silvia was allowed to appear on Radio Belgrano and to cut a record in the Bemol label accompanied by the orchestra led by Leopoldo Federico.

In 1960 she traveled to Spain and was backed up by a trio that included Osvaldo Manzi (piano), Eduardo Rovira (bandoneon) and Kicho Díaz (double bass).

On her comeback with the accompaniment of Leopoldo Federico she recorded for RCA-Victor the tangos: “Un sólo minuto de amor”, music by Mapera and lyrics by Agustín Minotti, and “Viejo álbum”, by Guillermo Meres and Dandy; and with Roberto Grela “Confidencias” —by Chabela Durán– and, on the B-side: “A media luz”. Furthermore, she sang on Radio Del Pueblo and later she signed a contract to appear in Uruguay.

In 1962 she again recorded for the Bemol label and was accompanied by the orchestra headed by Juan Carlos Bera and cut the tangos: “Solamente él” (Francisco Derkahez, Víctor Braña and Ángel Di Rosa) and “Quiero verte una vez más” and the boleros “Nosotros” and “Mi amor”.

In 1964 she appeared on Channel 7 in several programs, among them: “La casa de Pichuco”, “Un piano y un violín” with Héctor Stamponi and Enrique Mario Francini. She appeared at the TV show “Copetín de Tangos” alongside Hugo Del Carril and Julio Sosa. She also appeared at the popular “Sábados Circulares” emceed by Nicolás Mancera.

On Channel 9 she was member of the cast of “El sainete del tiempo guapo” along with Milagros De La Vega, Dringue Farías and Jorge Salcedo. On channel 11: “El tango del millón” and “Yo te canto Buenos Aires”. Furthermore, she made an important tour of the United States, Peru and Colombia.

In 1972 she released her first long-playing record with the orchestra conducted by Oscar Toscano and appeared at the most important venues of the time: Michelangelo, Relieve, Caño 14, La casa de Carlos Gardel. She shared the bill with Aníbal Troilo, Edmundo Rivero, Alberto Marino, Roberto Goyeneche and Alberto Morán, among other great figures.

She was in the last brilliant stage of the vaudeville revues in Buenos Aires at the Nacional and Maipú theaters along with Pepe Arias, José Marrone, Adolfo Stray, Dringue Farías, Tita Merello, Zulma Faiad, Alfredo Barbieri, Tincho Zabala, Don Pelele, Tito Lusiardo.

She was also starred in the movies and appeared in the films: “Asalto en la ciudad” (1961), “Una excursión a los indios ranqueles” (unfinished - 1965) and “Villa cariño está que arde” (1968).

In 1979 she recorded, with the actor Roberto Escalada, the album entitled “Tangos y Poemas de Buenos Aires”. Two years later she recorded eight numbers with the Armando Cupo-Armando Calderaro team, among them: “La calesita de cartón” —with lyrics by Cátulo Castillo and music by José Altavista uncle of the unforgettable Minguito—, “La última cita”, “Tinta roja” and “Tarde”. In 1985 she recorded again with the orchestra conducted by Luis Stazo and, three years later, with the Omar Valente’s aggregation. Finally, in 1990, she released her last work for the Leader Music label, accompanied by the maestros Carlos García and Raúl Garello.

At the last stage of her career she appeared on television alongside Gerardo Sofovich in “La noche del domingo” and in “Grandes valores del tango” emceed by Silvio Soldán.

Gradually her appearances were becoming less frequent until she disappeared from the billboards but this notable tango star still lives in the everlasting memory of those who were lucky to enjoy her.

I don’t want to omit the contribution of the journalist Carlos Alberto Dusso with whom she not only shared everything connected to show business but also the happiness of a beautiful family.