Spanish Soprano De Los Angeles Dies

Legendary Spanish opera singer Victoria de los Angeles died Saturday (Jan. 15) in Barcelona aged 81. The soprano had been admitted to hospital on New Year's Eve with a bronchial infection. Renowned as

Legendary Spanish opera singer Victoria de los Angeles died Saturday (Jan. 15) in Barcelona aged 81. The soprano had been admitted to hospital on New Year's Eve with a bronchial infection.

Renowned as one of the finest 20th century sopranos, de los Angeles retired from the stage in 1979 but gave occasional recitals into her 70s.

Born in Barcelona in 1923, she made her stage debut in 1944. Her international career took off after she performed in Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" in London in 1948. She recorded the classically Spanish opera "Carmen" under Thomas Beecham, although she normally sang in French and German.
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