María Remolá

María Remolá, the nightingale of the Cuban bel canto

Havana Cuba. – Among the notable sopranos who were born or developed in Cuba, María Remolá occupies a special place. She was born in Barcelona on December 7, 1930, she settled in Havana around the year 1952. Passionate about singing, she received classes from Professor Francisco Fernández Dominicis and perfected her art with the Bulgarian singer Liliana Yablenska.

Her beautiful voice, flowery, agile and capable of reaching appreciable high registers, opened the doors of the Martí Theater for her, where she performed a wide repertoire of zarzuelas and operas, as well as songs from Cuban and Latin American popular music. She was a favorite of the public and critics, she owns a solid career that took her on tour in the United States, Spain, Asia, Latin America and the former Soviet Union.

She was the founder of the Teatro Lírico Nacional, where she assumed important roles in world operatic production, especially in Rigoletto, la traviata, Lucy of Lammermoor either The Barber of Seville. She also starred in zarzuelas and operettas that were the delight of a knowledgeable and loyal audience, who christened her “The Cuban Nightingale.”

It can be said without exaggeration that María Remolá became the most popular soprano between the 1960s and 1980s. After traveling to Spain for personal reasons, she disappeared from the media until well into the 21st century.

By then the artist had been living in the Dominican Republic for some time. She there she kept a discreet profile; she had stopped singing and was teaching with the same passion that in other times she dedicated to bel canto.

On that Caribbean island, María Remolá died on December 9, 2021, two days after her 91st birthday.

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