Throwback Thursday: Conchita Supervía (#tbt)

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM


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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Spanish mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía (1895-1936). 

Supervía made her stage debut in 1910 at 15 years old. She went on to sing on many of the world's stages including those in Paris, London, Milan, and Chicago. She was known not only for the flexibility of her voice, especially in the upper part of her range, but also for her dynamic stage presence. There were, of course, critics of her voice: it had a pronounced vibrato that some found sexy and others found disruptive. Still, Supervía thrilled many an audience throughout the 1920's until she died tragically in child birth. 


Playlist Highlights:

Gioacchino Rossini's La Cenerentola

Ambroise Thomas' Mignon

Georges Bizet's Carmen

Camille Saint-Saens' Samson and Dalilia

Rossini's Barber of Seville 


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Pauline Park from Queens

Conchita Supervía was one of the greats and it's tragic that her life was cut short in childbirth. It's only too bad that so few of today's opera lovers know of her, because Supervía's vibrato -- unlike that of so many sopranos and tenors today -- is not the result of excessive tension and stress but rather of an unusually relaxed larynx -- a problem few of today's singers have, with their pushed out chesty voices and strained high notes. Conchita Supervía was wonderful in everything she did and was superb in Rossini; to hear her sing "L'Italiana in Algeri" or "Cenerentola" is to get a sense of her delightful humor, wit and style and to understand what some of the best singers of the golden age were capable of. Viva la Supervía~!

Mar. 30 2014 03:11 PM

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