Biography of María Barrientos (1893-1946)

Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona on March 10, 1893 and died on August 8, 1946 in Ciboure (France). He debuted with just fifteen years at the Victoria Theatre in his hometown with the African of Meyerbeer. There is a legend, never proven, on a previous musical learning that would include the address of a Symphony composed by her, with only twelve years, as a final exam at the Barcelona Conservatory. However, does seem to some a profound musical training that allowed him to approach the music with maturity. His voice, which is not excessively large, enjoyed a timbre and a projection so excellent that they developed it immediately in one of the most sought-after sopranos of the moment. He sang at Covent Garden in London (the Barber of Seville by Rossini) and la Scala in Milan (Meyerbeer's Dinorah). Soon jumped to America, where sang Lucía de Lamermoor Donizetti at New York Metropolitan, theatre which remained tied between 1916 and 1919 and he sang all the romantic repertoire of light soprano (Elvira in the Puritans of Bellini, amine at Il marriage Segreto by Cimarosa, Gilda in Rigoletto by Verdi, Lakmé in the homonymous opera by Leo Delibes(, etc.) and where he starred in the premiere of El Gallo de Oro of Rimsky-Korsakov. He toured also numerous concert, especially by France and South America, where he made much of his career and his fortune. It highlighted as interpreter of the French and Spanish songs (thus, was chosen by failure to record his Siete canciones populares Españolas and his sonnet to Cordoba).