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Rosita Serrano

Rosita Serrano was a Chilean singer who had her biggest success in Nazi Germany between the 1930s and the early 1940s. Due to her bell-like voice she received the nickname "Chilean Nightingale".

Rosita Serano was born in Vina del Mar, Chile on 10 June 1914. Her father Hector Aldunate was in the diplomatic service. With her mother Sofia del Campo who was a popular opera singer she moved to Europe in the early 1930s. Initially they lived in Portugal and France but by 1936 they moved to Berlin. Serrano had her first successes in the Wintergarten and the Metropol Theater where she performed Chilean folk songs. During that time she was discovered by German composer Peter Kreuder who managed that she got a record contract at the German Telefunken. Henceforth she performed in the German language including popular songs like Roter Mohn (Red poppy), Schon die Musik (Beautiful Music), Kuss mich, bitte, bitte, kuss mich , Und die Musik spielt dazu (And the Music plays to it), Der Onkel Jonathan (The uncle Jonathan), and Der kleine Liebesvogel (The little love bird). By 1938 she received rolls in the revue films Bel Ami, Es leuchten die Sterne, Die kluge Schwiegermutter and Herzensfreud Herzensleid. Beside that she went on tour with the two popular dance orchestras Kurt Hohenberger and Teddy Stauffer. Due to the intercession of Joseph Goebbels she got gigs in the radio show Wunschkonzert fur die Wehrmacht (musical request programme for the Wehrmacht). In 1940 she recorded the very popular song La Paloma which was used in the 1981 film Das Boot by Wolfgang Petersen and in the 1993 filming of the Isabel Allende novel The House of the Spirits.

Rosita Serrano in the Internet Movie Database

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Biography and audio samples of her songs

Rosita Serrano in the Internet Movie Database

Photographs at Virtual History

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