Victoria de Los Angeles


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Spanish soprano. She sang a wide variety of operatic roles, including those of Wagner, Puccini, and Purcell, as well as Spanish folk songs; in recitals she sometimes accompanied herself on the guitar.

Born in Barcelona into a musical family, she soon learnt to sing and play the guitar. She went on to study at the Barcelona Conservatory, where she made her recital debut in 1944; her professional opera debut came the following year at the Teatro del Liceo as the Countess in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. After winning an international singing contest in Geneva in 1947 she became widely known, making tours of Europe and South America. In 1950 she made her US debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as well as her first appearance in Britain, in La Bohème at Covent Garden, where she appeared regularly over the next decade. Although she had virtually retired from operatic performance by 1970, she continued to make recordings and give recitals for some years.

Subjects: Opera.

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