Maria Dolores Pradera was known for her classic renditions of Latin standards.
María Dolores Pradera, the Spanish actress and singer known for her deep voice and her memorable renditions of Latin and Spanish standards like “Procuro olvidarte,” “Ojalá que te vaya bonito” and “La flor de la canela,” died this morning (May 29) in her native Madrid. She was 93 years old.
An elegant woman of classic beauty, known for her theatrical renditions of songs, Pradera remained relevant for decades, performing actively until she was almost 90 years old. And although she was a Spaniard through and through, Pradera gained international fame thanks to her readings of Latin standards -- from Peruvian waltzes to Mexican rancheras -- that also made her a beloved figure in Latin America.