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.
Gioacchino Rossini's La Cenerentola
Ambroise Thomas' Mignon
Georges Bizet's Carmen
Camille Saint-Saens' Samson and Dalilia
Rossini's Barber of Seville