Teresita Asprella

Real name: Asprella, Teresita
(17 October 1904 - 26 September 1954)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
Néstor Pinsón

he was born in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Montserrat. At a very early age she began singing before the public. She was known as La Goyita. She studied guitar, violin and singing.

In 1921 she was singer of the Quinteto de Maestros that used to appear at the Palais de Glace. That outfit was co-led by Ángel D'Agostino and Agesilao Ferrazzano and also included Alfredo Mazzeo on violin, and Ernesto Bianchi and Abel D'Onofrio on bandoneons.

In 1924 she traveled to Paris with Eduardo Bianco, who had also summoned Agesilao Ferrazzano and Juan Pecci. He put together an orchestra to appear in France, with which Asprella sang. She was also in the lineup fronted by Bachicha (Juan Deambroggio) and when they formed the Bianco-Bachicha orchestra.

In 1925, always in Paris, she was vocalist of the Francisco Canaro orchestra, when its members were forced to appear in gaucho costume. With that music ensemble she recorded several pieces to great public acclaim: “Esclavas blancas”, “Arrepentida”, “Cancionero”, “Tanita de la proa”, among others.

Personnel in that orchestra: Francisco Canaro and Agesilao Ferrazzano (violins), Carlos Marcucci and Juan Canaro (bandoneons), Fioravanti Di Cicco (piano), Rafael Canaro (double bass and musical saw, alternately), Romualdo Lomoro (drums) and Teresita Asprella (vocals and guitar).

She also appeared along with Horacio Pettorossi, with whom she achieved such an important success that even in the United States her rendition of “Dónde estás corazón” was heard, circa 1930.

She recorded with the orchestras in which she was vocalist for the Odeon label of France and also for the Columbia record company.

That period was her peak as artist. On her comeback to our country she made some appearances on the radio and, without prior notice, she withdrew from the show business milieu. There is no information to explain this. But there was a marriage with a man alien to show business which might have spurred her decision. And also the appearance of the early symptoms of a disease which finally made her die when she was still a young woman.

This is only a short portrayal of one of the few women who, at that time, contributed to spreading tango in the old continent.