Mexican operatic soprano’s: Ángela Peralta, 175th birthday, happily celebrated by Google Doodle

On July 6, 2021, Google featured Doodle for celebrating the 175th Birthday of Angela Peralta, also known well as Mexican Nightingale” in Europe.

Angela Peralta Life’s Journey

Angela Peralta was born with natural talent. She was a gifted beautiful voice that matched well with her singing abilities.

And, the luckiest part was that she discovered her talent in an early age itself. At the age of 8, she sang a cavatina from Belisario by Gaetano Donizetti with astonishing accomplishment and proceeded to learn at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City. Not only, singing was the only talent, but she was an amazing proficient composer and pianist, and harpist.

It seemed that she was born to spread smiles through a sweet voice and steal the hearts of people as she remained consistent in her performance. At the age of 15, she made her operatic debut as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore at the Teatro Nacional in Mexico City.

And that led her to major achievement as she won the heart of great German soprano, Henrietta Sontag, in 1854. And she became a student of Agustín Balderas, who sponsored her debut at fifteen in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and afterward took her to Europe, where she established her real identity.

Now, when the journey had already begun it was her time to even make more memories of her amazing performances. And so, she got the opportunity to debut t at La Scala in Milan with an acclaimed performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in May, 1862.

Angela Peralta Become favourite of Maximilian and Carlotta,

Ángela Peralta went back to Mexico during the Second Empire and became a favorite of Maximilian and Carlotta, showing up in the debut of Melesio Morales’ Ildegonda.

She sang Bellini’s La sonnambula before King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy at the Teatro Regio in Turin where she got 32 curtain calls. 

Somewhere in the range of 1863 and 1864, she sang in the opera houses of Rome, Florence, Bologna, Genoa, Naples, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Alexandria, and Cairo.

Another Success Story As Chamber singer of the Empire”.

In 1865, she was invited by the Second Mexican Empire to her nation and sing in the National Imperial Theater, which, she happily  acknowledged.

In 1866, she sang before Maximilian I of Mexico and Charlotte of Belgium and was named “Chamber singer of the Empire”.

Angela Personal Life Impacts

In Madrid, she married her cousin, Eugenio Castera. To settle well in her married life, she had to make the decision of getting retired from singing.

But, her marriage was full of struggle because of her husband’s mental illness. She had to admit him to the mental hospital in Paris where he died in 1876.

Luckily, Angela during her break from singing was still in touch with the industry by  composing songs and piano pieces. 

On a visit to Mexico in 1871, Ángela Peralta set up her own touring opera company for which she much of the time sang her signature roles – Amina in La sonnambula and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. (In her lifetime, she sang Amina 122 times and Lucia 166 times.)

Ángela Peralta Affair Storylines

During the 1870s, Ángela Peralta started an affair with the Mexican lawyer and entrepreneur Julián Montiel y Duarte, which caused a scandal in Mexico City. 

The city’s social elite boycotted her performances and hired hecklers to badger her during performances. Her reputation recuperated following her presentation in Linda di Chamounix, yet she kept her pledge never to sing in Mexico City again.

The decade 1865–1875 was the period of Ángela Peralta’s greatest activity. She toured Mexico and Europe, with performances in Havana and New York. A celebrated season followed her homecoming in 1871 because she carried with her the renowned tenor Enrico Tamberlick and sang with him in another Mexican opera, Guatimotzín, by Aniceto Ortega del Villar.

Ángela Peralta formed her own opera organization and acted as the impresario. Albeit most popular for her bel canto singing, Peralta received a more dramatic style when she played the lead in her organization’s first Mexican production of Verdi’s Aida, a role firmly related to her. Another aspect of her later career was the composition of popular songs.

Ángela Peralta’s husband, Eugenio Castera, died in 1877; Peralta consequently formed a scandalous liaison with her manager, Julián Montiel y Duarte. Ostracized in Mexico City, she took her organization to distant towns, including Mazatlán, where she contracted yellow fever and passed on at age 38. In 1937 her remains were moved to the Panteón in Mexico City.

Ángela Peralta died in the Hotel Iturbide in Mazatlán at 38 years old on 30 August 1883.

Ángela Peralta’s wide-ranging repertoire included: Leonora in Il poet, Violetta in La traviata; Elvira in I puritani; Marie in La fille du régiment; Amina in La sonnambula; Adina in L’elisir d’amore; and the lead roles in Aida, Dinorah, Linda di Chamounix, Maria di Rohan, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Norma.

She additionally made the leading female roles in three operas by Mexican composers: Ildegonda (1866) and Gino Corsini (1877) by Melesio Morales, and Guatimotzin (1871) by Aniceto Ortega del Villar.

Soon after, Ángela Peralta used this successful momentum to establish her own opera organization. On their final tour in 1883, Peralta’s troupe traveled to the coastal Mexican city of Mazatlán. Here, her legacy is protected in an opera house named in her honor: the Ángela Peralta Theater.

In The End,

We can say that, life is always unpredictable and with lot of twist and turns, but some really lead it with bravery and strength and become an example for people. Considering the same Ángela Peralta life story has been a once successful example.

Hope the details surprised you well and inspired you to keep moving forward by accepting challenges happily.


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