Personalities | Maria Malibran | Early Romantic | Opera

1808–36, Spanish

Mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran was the elder daughter of Manuel Garcia and made her debut at age 17 singing in the chorus of the King’s Theatre in London. Shortly afterwards, she replaced the indisposed Giuditta Pasta as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Malibran was a brilliant, charismatic performer and was so successful as Rosina that she sang the part for the remainder of the season. In 1825, when the Garcia family was in America, Malibran sang the lead in eight operas performed over nine months. After returning to Europe in 1827, Malibran sang in London, Bologna, Naples and Milan, excelling in Norma, La Cenerentola and as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello. She appeared in London, Bologna, Naples and Milan, where she took the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. She died at the age of just 28 from injuries sustained in a riding accident.

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