Obituary: Soprano María Remolá dies at 91
On December 9, 2021, the Spanish Cuban soprano Maria Remolá, nicknamed “the Cuban nightingale”, died at the age of 91 in Santo Domingo.
Born December 7, 1930 in Barcelona, she moved to Cuba in the early 1950s with her parents.
She made her debut in 1958 in the Aguilá-Martelo company in the title role of the opera “Marina” and in 1961 she burst into the title role of “Doña Francisquita”, which was performed at the Payret theater and televised.
She was the founder of the National Lyric Theater of Cuba, a company where she regularly performed in operas, operettas and zarzuelas. Among the operas she performed with the company were “Rigoletto”, “Don Pasquale”, “Il Barbiere di Siviliga”, “La Traviata” and “Lucia de Lammermoor”. She has also performed a number of zarzuelas with the company, including “Luisa Fernanda”, “Los gavilanes”, “María la O”, “Bohemios” and “La viuda joyful”.
She has also performed with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and has toured the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Viet Nam, Korea and Mexico, France, the United States and Spain.
In 2010, in the Máximo Avilés Blonda room of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo, she received a farewell tribute for her 50 years of career.