Spain's operatic star is honoured at funeral

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18 January 2005, BARCELONA — Around 1,000 people attended the funeral of feted Spanish soprano Victoria de los Angeles, two days after her death at age 81.

18 January 2005

BARCELONA — Around 1,000 people attended the funeral of feted Spanish soprano Victoria de los Angeles, two days after her death at age 81.

The basilica at the Santa Maria del Mar in the singer's native Catalan port city was packed to the rafters for the mass which began to the strains of Wagner's "Parsifal."

Several leading representatives of the Spanish musical scene attended, including orchestra directors Antoni Ros Marba, Salvador Mas and Alberto Garcia Demestres, as well as mezzo-soprano Raquel Pierotti and soprano Mirna Lacambra.

The service included a passage from Brahms' Requiem and "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem, performed by an ensemble under the baton of Sebastian Weigle and Barcelona's Liceo choir.

De los Angeles, who made 80 recordings -- including 25 complete operas-across a career spanning 35 years, graduated from the Liceo conservatory in Barcelona at the age of 18 and became recognized as one of the outstanding lyric singers of the century.

A mother of two, she made her debut as the countess in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in a performance in Barcelona in 1944.

Her international career took off after she performed in Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" in London in 1948 and in Charles Gounod's Faust in Paris the following year.

Some 5,000 people had paid their last respects to De Los Angeles as she lay in state at the Generalitat, or Catalan regional government headquarters.

Among the mourners were tenors Placido Domingo, Jaume Aragall and Josep Carreras and soprano Barbara Hendricks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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