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Classic Archive 2007 "Maestro": Victoria de Los Angeles

Victoria De Los Angeles soprano

Today’s Classic Archive pays homage to Victoria de los Angeles who, along with Teresa Berganza and Montserrat Caballe, was one of the great Spanish divas of the past century. The selection we have chosen gives a sense of the range of her talent, from German lieder to Italian opera, without overlooking the music of her countrymen, whom she would bring to the world’s attention, performing their work on programmes with Schubert, Schumann and Fauré. We will first hear Victoria de Los Angeles in 1957, accompanied by the very best, Gerald Moore, in a programme of Brahms, de Falla and above all, Schubert. Indeed, whenever she could, she included in her recitals his ode to her art, An die Musik, bringing her audience a moment of shared emotion. After the recitalist, we turn to Victoria de los Angeles the opera singer, accompanied in the BBC studios in 1962 by Georges Prêtre, with whom she moves effortlessly from the Barber of Seville to Madama Butterfly. We start with Elisabeth’s entrance aria from Act II of Tannhäuser, a souvenir of her performance at the Bayreuth Festival, where the iconoclastic Wieland Wagner caused a scandal by casting a Spanish Elisabeth alongside a black Venus, sung by Grace Bumbry.


Schubert: An die Musik; Wohin?; Brahms: Vergebliches Ständchen; De Falla: Jota; Wagner: Tannhäuser "Dich, teure Halle"; Rossini: Le Barbier de Seville, "Una voce poco fa"; Puccini: Madame Butterfly, "Con onor muore"; ...


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