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Monday, July 29, 2013

Maria Barrientos (Soprano) (Barcelona 1883 – Ciboure 1946)





She was a Spanish opera singer, a light coloratura soprano, one of the most eminent sopranos of her time. Barrientos was born in Barcelona, where she received a thorough musical education (piano and violin) at the Music Conservatory, before turning to vocal studies with Francisco Bonet. She made her debut at the Teatro Novedades in Barcelona, as Ines in L'Africaine, in 1898, aged only 15, quickly followed by the role of Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots.
She was immediately invited to all the major opera houses of Europe, singing in Italy, Germany, England, France, to great acclaim. It is however in South America, especially at the Teatro Colãn in Buenos Aires, that she enjoyed her greatest triumphs. Her career was temporarily interrupted in 1907 by her marriage and the birth of a son, the union did not prove a happy one and she returned to the stage in 1909.
Barrientos made her Metropolitan Opera debut on January 31, 1916, in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with Giovanni Martinelli as Edgardo, Pasquale Amato as Enrico, and Gaetano Bavagnoli conducting. She remained committed to that house through 1920 where her other roles included Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Amina in La sonnambula, Elvira in I puritani, Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the title roles in Lakme and Mireille. She notably portrayed The Queen of Shemakha in Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel for the opera's United Statespremiere on March 6, 1918. After a three year absence, she returned to the Met for one last performance on December 14, 1923 as Lady Harriet in Martha.
Barrientos continued appearing on stage in standard coloratura roles until 1924. She then restricted herself to recitals, and became an admired interpreter of French and Spanish songs.
Barrientos was a singer with a voice of almost instrumental limpidity. She made a valuable set of recordings for Fonotipia Records and Columbia Records.
She retired to the south-west of France, where she became an enthusiastic bridge player. She died at Ciboure.

Chronology of some appearances

1900  Milano  Teatro Lirico Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1900  Torino  Teatro Regio Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1900  Genova  Politeama Genovese Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1900 Firenze  Teatro Niccolini Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1900 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1900  Trento Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1901 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1901 Milano  Teatro Lirico Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1901 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1901 Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1901 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1902  Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1902 Rosariodi Santa F¨  Teatro Olimpo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1902 Trieste  Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1903 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1903 Bilbao  Teatro Arriaga Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1903 Napoli  Teatro Verdi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1903 Londra  Covent Garden Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1904 Madrid Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1904 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1904 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1904 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1905   Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1905 Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1905 Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino Don Pasquale (Norina)
1905 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1905 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Pescatori di perle (Leila)
1906 Citt  del Messico  Teatro Principal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1911 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1911  Montevideo  Teatro Urquiza Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Barcellona  Teatro Principal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Valencia  Teatro Principal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Siviglia  Teatro Cervantes Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Pescatori di perle (Leila)
1914 Havana  Politeama Grande Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1915 New York  Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916  Philadelphia  Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Boston  Opera House   Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Bahia Blanca  Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1916Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Lirico Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1917 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1917 Madrid Teatro Reale   Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1918 Havana Teatro Nacional Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1920 Philadelphia Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1921 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1921 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Don Pasquale (Norina)
1922 Madrid Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)


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Fonotipia, Milano 1904-10-21
Lakme (Delibes): Aria delle campanelle (Delibes) 39013 XPH 30
Voci di primavera (Strauss) 39012 XPH 31
Sonnambula (Bellini): Ah non giunge 39011 XPH 35

Fonotipia, Milano 1904-11
Puritani (Bellini): Son vergine vezzosa 39010 XPH 81

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-01
Sonnambula (Bellini): Come per mi sereno (Bellini)  39457 XPH 1608
Mignon (Thomas): Io son Titania (Thomas) 39461 XPH 1621

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-12
Rinaldo (Handel): Lascia ch'io pianga (Handel) 39465 XPH 1606
Sonnambula (Bellini): Come per me sereno 39457 XPh1608
Sonnambula (Bellini): Sovra il sen 39458 XPh1609
Canzone di Solveig (Grieg) 39462 XPH 1607

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-14
El cabo primero Yo quiero (Caballero) 39480 XPH 1614

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-17
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce 39459 XPH 1619
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Io sono docile  39460 XPH 1620

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-20
Dinorah (Meyerbeer): Ombra leggera (Meyerbeer) 39503 XPH 1634
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Or son sola (Auber) 39538 XPH 1632

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-23
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Sulla tomba with Zenatello Giovanni 39825 XPh1653
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Caro nome 39542 XPH 1654
Rigoletto (Verdi): Tutte le feste 39543 XPH 1652
















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