Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/01

“November 1, 1923” by Rick Sanders

English: portrait of Victoria de Los Angeles

English: portrait of Victoria de Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1923, Victoria de los Ángeles, the Spanish soprano is born. She dies in 2005. From Wikipedia we read:

Victoria de los Ángeles (1 November 1923 – 15 January 2005) was a Spanish operatic lyric soprano and recitalist whose career began after the Second World War and reached its height in the years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Her obituary in The Times (London) noted that she must be counted “among the finest singers of the second half of the 20th century.” James Hinton, Jr., in Opera magazine (London), June 1954, praised her “meltingly lovely middle voice.” Elizabeth Forbes, writing in The Independent on 17 January 2005, also noted that “It is impossible to imagine a more purely beautiful voice than that of Victoria de los Ángeles at the height of her career in the 1950s and early 1960s.” She was ranked number 3, after no 1 Maria Callas and no 2 Dame Joan Sutherland, in the BBC Music Magazine‘s List of The Top Twenty Sopranos Of All Time (2007)

In her early years, in particular, she also sang a lot of florid music (music antiche). While she later made fewer appearances in opera, she continued to give recitals focusing on mostly French, German Lieder and Spanish art songs into the 1990s.

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