Angela Peralta, Mexican opera singer, is celebrating her 175th birthday today with this Doodle.
She was born on July 6, 1845, as Mara de los Angeles Manuela Tranquilina Cirila Efrena Peralta Castera. She was Manuel and Josefa’s daughter. Singing and music were early skills of Angela Peralta.
At the age of eight, she sang a cavatina from Belisario, and later she studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City.
Peralta debuted as an opera singer at the Gran Teatro Nacional when she was 15 years old. The success of this act led Peralta to further hone her talent in Italy, the home of opera.
When she repeated her astounding performance of “Lucia di Lammermoor” in Milan in 1862, the crowd gave her 23 standing ovations!
She sung Bellini’s La sonnambula at the Teatro Regio in Turin, which she received 32 curtain calls for.
In 1864, she was in the opera houses of Rome, Florence, Bologna, Genoa, Naples, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Alexandria, and Cairo.
Her homeland honoured her with a seat in the nation’s foremost opera house, and in 1865 she accepted the invitation.
For her outstanding performance in 1866, she was dubbed the “Chamber Singer of the Empire.”
World-class operatic artist “Bel canto’s lyrical operatic style is known as the Mexican Nightingale. Peralta returned to Mexico City in 1871, to the cheers of a crowd at the Gran Teatro Nacional.
Later, Peralta used this momentum to start her own opera company. The troupe’s final journey was to the beachfront Mexican city of Mazatlán.
The hall where she has a legacy is also called the Angela Peralta Theater.