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María Malibrán

  • María Malibrán © BeBa/Iberfoto

    María Malibrán © BeBa/Iberfoto



Music, Opera



Date of birth

Mar 24, 1808

Date of death


" Singer. An opera legend despite having lived a very short life. The public, critics and composers, such as Bellini, Rossini or Donizetti, were all captivated by her."

Born in Paris in 1808. The tenor Manuel Vicente García, her father, was her first, only and strictest professor. At the age of 17 she debuts at London’s Royal Theatre. Soon after, the García-Sitches family travels to New York, where María marries the banker Eugene Malibrán, and was thereafter referred to as “La Malibrán”. In 1828 she returns to Paris and makes her opera debut with Rossini’s “Semiramide”. The most difficult and best roles in opera repertoire became hers, thanks to her vocal talent and originality. She could change from pure soprano in “Desdemona” to contralto as Angelina in “La Cenerentola”. Successes follow in London, Milan, Genoa and Venice. She died in Manchester on 23 September 1836.

Essential works

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    Dernières pensées musicales

    María Malibrán, the opera singer who was known in her time as 'the queen of Europe', was also the composer of this lovely group of musical compositions.

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