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Caro, Nydia

Nydia Caro, nicknamed “La Muñeca de los Ojos Brujos” (the doll with witch’s eyes), was born in New York City of Puerto Ricans parents and studied dance, drama and singing at the prestigious High School of Performing Arts.

Her first professional acting assignment was as a teenager in a drama broadcast by NBC. She quickly moved on to singing, recording her first album Dímelo tú in 1967, together with Radhamés Reyes Alfau, from the Dominican Republic.

The following year saw Caro acting again, this time in a production that featured Puerto Rican music stars Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz. Her acting continued when she moved from New York to Puerto Rico after the death of her father; performing on the “Show Coca Cola” broadcast by Telemundo throughout Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, since English had dominanted her life as she was raised in New York City, Caro was determined to improve her Spanish and studied at the University of Puerto Rico.

During the 1970’s, Caro performed in a number of concerts and music events and acted in several soap operas on Puerto Rican television. Her continued development as a songstress was rewarded with first prize at the Festival de la Canción de Bogotá (Colombia) with her song “Hermano tengo frío”, composed by Karmen Mercado.

Three years later, Caro came in third place at the Festival de Benidorm with a Julio Iglesias song: “Vete ya”. In 1974, she won first prize at the Festival de la OTI with the song “Hoy canto por cantar”. The song, composed by Caro and Riccardo Cerratto, caused some controversy in Puerto Rico for being the “anti-protest” song in that decade. Despite that, the song helped Caro further extend her popularity built on prior hit songs such as “Cuéntale”, “Duerme”, “Charly”, “Copos de nieve” and Y Entonces.

Those songs were part of more than 20 albums Caro has recorded to date. Moreover, her reputation was helped by strong concert performances in prestigious venues such as Club Caribe and Club Tropicoro in San Juan, Carnegie Hall, and the Lincoln Center in Nueva York and many others around the world in countries throughout South America, in Spain, Australia and Japan.

In 1998, Caro released her album De amores luminosos to critical acclaim. The album featured musical themes such as the song “Buscando Mis Amores”, from distant Tibet and India; utilizing musical instruments native to those countries, together with instruments from Puerto Rico and South America. The effort sets her apart from other artists in Puerto Rico, as the first exponent of “alternative” or “new age” music, and was named as one of the 20 best recordings in 1999 by Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular in Puerto Rico.

The following year, Caro made her debut concert appearance at the Antonio Paoli theater in the Centro de Bellas Artes, in San Juan. That same year, she returned to that same hall at the invitation of José Vega, second place winner at the OTI Festival.

But there is another side to the popular Caro that many are familiar with. She has devoted much of her time and energy to social causes, particularly to rights of children. Her support of UNICEF is an example. In 1997, she sang at the 50th anniversary of UNICEF, together with acclaimed Puerto Rican opera singer, the tenor Antonio Barasorda, helping to raise more than 100,000 USD for the reknown organization.

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Discography

Las Noches de Nydia (2003)

Los Durisimos Y Yo (2000)

En el Tiempo (2000)

De Amores Luminosos (1998)

Oro Romantico: 20 Grandes Exitos (1995)

Nydia Caro (1994)

Para Valientes Nada Mas (1991)

(1991)

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