Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from a Spanish father and a Portuguese mother, from an early age
Ginamaría demonstrated remarkable talent and ability for music, singing, the ballet, acting, plus the written word.
In this manner she formed part of casts in vocational theatre, studied ballet, and participated in numerous dance festivals, all the while completing her college education, obtaining her Masters Degree in Education at the tender age of 17.
She left Argentina with a Scholarship to study at Julliard School in New York, where she was heard by master Andres Segovia, who became her mentor and supporter until Ginamaría obtained the Royal Scholarship by the government of Spain to study singing at Santiago de Compostela.
After Santiago – where she was heard by Joaquin Rodrigo, Victoria de Los Angeles, and Segovia, Ginamaría traveled to Madrid where she placed herself under the tutelage of Doña Carlota Dahamen Chao, prominent diva and vocal teacher, through whom Ginamaría obtained knowledge and techniques of a very high level. This schooling, plus her talent, contributed toward Ginamaría’s consistent receipt of praise and adoration from public and critics alike, throughout her entire career, and throughout the entire world.
The purity of her timbre, her impeccable diction in any language, her perfect pitch and ample range, all became reasons for her well deserved recognition.
Before returning to Buenos Aires, Ginamaría auditioned for the Los Angeles Opera House, under the direction of Henry Lewis, where she sang the role of Zerlina in the production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, presented in The Music Center Pavilion of Los Angeles, California.
Intermingled with all her work as an upcoming young actress in Hollywood, Ginamaría received the opportunity to perform a concert in the city of Taormina (Sicily), Italy, during the summer season when the Cinema Festival is celebrated there. Here, Ginamaría performed a very select chamber music recital that included various musical styles, receiving from the Italian press words of tremendous respect and admiration.
Once back in California, Ginamaría performed in the full-length feature film “My Gun Is Quick”, directed by British director Victor Seville. She also had the opportunity to act as a young “saloon” ballerina and, in one scene, performed a rather suggestive choreographic piece, tastefully rendered, thus being able to demonstrate her talent as both a dancer, as well as an actress.
Mr. Seville directed the original version of Good Bye Mr. Chips, which became a classic in the history of cinematography, and the motion picture in which Ginamaría acted became the very last movie of this director’s career.
Seville became very impressed with Ginamaría, and soon positive commentaries in the media began to appear, including those of Hedda Hopper of the Los Angeles Times, who had nothing but praise for the young actress.
These were difficult moments for Ginamaría because she was witnessing the opening of many possibilities for advancement in her career as an actress in Hollywood, which at that moment in time had not seen anything even remotely similar, nor could count on any already established “star” of latin origin such as an artist of the caliber of Dolores del Rio, Carmen Miranda or Lupe Velez. Ginamaría found herself in a position to easily continue along this path, especially considering the backing and support she was receiving from various important individuals in the movie industry of the day.
At the same time, constantly present in her heart and mind were the words of her beloved teacher Carlota, and those of Segovia who, on both their parts had invested a tremendous amount of faith, with great hopes and expectations in Ginamaría’s singing career.
Finally, Ginamaría had to decide, and it was not easy at all!
She chose singing in the end over acting and, with this decision made, returned to Buenos Aires so as to make her landmark debut before the Argentine public in the role of Violet in Verdi’s La Traviata, accompanied by Carlos Cosutta, the lyrical tenor with an extensive prior career in Europe. Traviata proved to be well staged, high-class production directed by Tito Capobianco. Tito broadcast this show cycle on the popular Channel 9, where other operas such as Tosca, were also performed by Ginamaría – the latter with the participation of Richard Tucker, the famous American tenor, plus the Russian Ballet and Classic Theatre of Montecarlo.
Afterwards she performed two roles in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman with Roberto Kinsky directing; Olympia, the famous doll in act II, characterized by the very famous articulated coloratura techniques, and Antonia, the dramatic, lyrical girl in total contrast with the former heroine. In Puccini's Madame Butterfly she played Cio-Cio san. She also starred in the South American premiere of Donizzetti's Il Campanello, and Wolf Ferrari's Susana in The Secret of Susanne.
All of these operatic roles were performed in the Teatro Argentíno de La Plata, capital city of Buenos Aires province. This theatre is known as the number two house in the country, alter the famous Teatro Colón. Her performances became a much heralded debut for a young soprano that attracted the attention and admiration of critics and public alike, paving the future for a "promising and successful" future.
Meanwhile, she achieved a stunning television presence in various diverse musical reviews and shows, until arriving at her very own program, Las Noches de Ginamaria (the nights of Ginamaría). This production, originally slated for four nights, turned into a non-stop creative endeavor broadcast over 48 nights, during more than two consecutive years.
In this production, Ginamaría sang and danced with her own ballet and the renowned Argentine actor Sergio Renán. A total of over 420 songs were produced in what included a world-wide selection of the most beautiful and representative songs of diverse cultures. Spanish zarzuelas, operettas, musical comedy, operatic arias and popular ballads, in more than 5 languages.
Each and every show broadcast tremendous creativity and variety. They included her own interpretations of The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady. A night in Brazil, another in New Orleans; the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, A Thousand and One Nights, Pinocchio, and so many many more. Practically all the authors and composers of the entire planet figured in her extensive repertoire.
Needless to say, this program generated many positive write-ups and feedback from critics and audience alike.
She was awarded with all of the awards of the time, among which are included such famous and desired trophies as the Cruz de Plata (Silver Cross) of the weekly Squiú (Semanario Squiú); two Martín Fierro awarded by the APTRA (Association of Argentine Television and Radio Journalist), also known as the Argentine Oscar; the Bamba de Oro award during two consecutive years; the Racimo deUvas prize; the Monumento a la Bandera, the Gardel de Oro, and many many more.
At this point in her career, she began work on her first of many LPs which reached sales in the millions of units, being recognized by the Argentine Institute of Public Opinion as the “best in music and recorded music” and as a “vital element for Argentine music”. She gave a benefit concert in the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires for the Children's Hospital of Buenos Aires, and two presentations in the renowned Luna Park stadium, both filled to capacity with more than twenty thousand ecstatic fans.
Subsequently, Ginamaría traveled to Perú, Venezuela, Colombia, México, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panamá, Germany (West Berlin at the time), Rome, the island of Sicilly, Italy, Portugal, the U.S. (Carnegie Hall,New Cork), plus sixteen tetares in numerous cities in Japan, all with media recognition, prizes, awards, and honorable mentions. Afterwards, she came to the island of Puerto Rico. The media there gave her overwhelming praise, considering this artist as one of the best singers ever to perform in their Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan.
Ginamaría has participated in numerous benefic concerts and festivals throughout the entire American Continent, Europe, and Japan.
She was beckoned from Washington, DC to sing for his holiness, Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Organization of American Status (OAS).
The musical mega production of her prior making, Las Noches de Ginamaría participated in Cannes during the annual presentation of global television productions worthy of this type of exposure.
The then president of Perú beckoned Ginamaría to participate in a special benefit festival for the infants and children of his country. Once in Lima she was then invited to participate in a televised spectacular, live, from Machu Pichu, where she sand literally in the clouds, surrounded by the mystery and indescribable beauty of this locale.
From there, she was asked to sing in the New Years festival in the Palace of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, personally invited by their president, Don Joaquin Balguer, for the total benefit of the infants and children of his country, as well.
By now, Ginamaría achieved exceptional record sales, reaching the Gold Record award, while being declared in all of South America and even Puerto Rico, as the Diva of America.
Many non-profit, public and charity foundations throughout Latin America carry her name and in also several institutes of learning and education bronze plaques with Ginamaría’s name may be found. To this list we also have to add homes for the elderly and diverse cultural foundations.
Ginamaría has collaborated in large, outdoor concerts staged in La Reforma, Mexico and the Plaza Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela; in popular concerts performed in Lima and Arequipa, Perú; and in famous festivals including those of the Viña del Mar, Chile, and the cities of Montevideo, Maldonado, Punta del Este, all in Uruguay. In addition, she gave benefit concerts in New York City, various cities in New Jersey, plus 16 cities in all the 3 major islands of Japan.
Her first autobiography, Argentino, Yo Tambien Soy Argentina (Argentine, I am also Argentine), was published during the difficult Argentine military dictatorship, which removed it from circulation. Nonetheless, this book has made its way into the New York Public Library, and is also found in the National Library of the Argentine Republic.
Ginamaría has launched her penultimate latest CD entitled “Ginamaría Hidalgo, Live in Puerto Rico, Volume 2”, which is now for sale in Puerto Rico and is also sold directly this web site. She also was busy preparing the publication of various and diverse literary works, and left for us to reissue her successful own CD production, Pájaros. Together with upcoming new works that capture her flair and talent, performing such diverse works as she is known for, Ginamaría aspired to satisfy her audience and fans with the best she has to offer.
A large part of Ginamaría’s efforts were also invested in her World Wide Web presence which will include, over time, samples of her literary work in both English and Spanish, together with her complete discography. In so doing, the scope of her art becomes available to the reach of millions, achieving her well-deserved global scope.
A woman dedicated to her career, to the service of her art, fully conscious of her mission filled with humanity and love, Ginamaría trusted until the very end on being able to achieve the realization of her various projects, all with the goal of contributing toward charity and humanitarianism, on a global scale.
With these commitments, we carry on her mission, devoting ourselves to it with utmost perseverance, so as to be able to reach these goals as the culminating achievement and purpose of her life, bestowing her with the inmortality that she so rightly deserves.
Master Andrés Segovia
Ginamaría in her recital in the Cultural Hall of the city of Taormina, Italy - 1967
Ginamaría with Carlos Menotti
Ginamaría with Liza Minelli during her visit to Buenos Aires - 1987
Ginamaría in the role of the doll Olympia in the opera The Tales of Hoffman, Teatro Argentino, city of La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina - 1962
Ginamaría in the role of Violeta in the opera La Traviata, Hora Fate, Channel 9, Buenos Aires - 1961
Ginamaría in the role of Julieta in the opera Romeo and Julieta, Show de los Sabados, Channel 11, Buenos Aires - 1964
Ginamaría in the role of Susana in the one-act opera Susanne's Secret by Wolf Ferrari, Teatro Argentino, city of La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires - 1970
Ginamaría receiving her second Martin Fierro, prize given by the APTRA (Asociacion de Periodistas de Radio y Television), Buenos Aires - 1968
Ginamaría and Susana Gimenez in the Argentine movie production El Mundo Es De Los Jovenes - 1970
Ginamaría in the Recital of the Year in the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires - December, 1973
Ginamaría singing Las Feulles Mortes in the weekly spectacular Las Noches de Ginamaría, Canal 7, Buenos Aires - a show lasting 2 and a half years with a total of 420 musical productions sang by Ginamaría
Ginamaría with Master Atahualpa Yupanki
Ginamaría in the Mexican TV show Siempre en Domingo - 1971
Ginamaría singing in La Plaza de la Reforma, Mejico, D.F. - 1972
Ginamaría accompanied by her inseparable great friend, the extraordinary painter Noemi Ruiz of Puerto Rico - 1996