Biography of Lucrecia Arana

Singer Spanish tiple-contralto, born in Haro (La Rioja) on November 23, 1871 and died in Madrid on March 9, 1927. It became very popular for his performances in the genre of the zarzuela in late 19th century and early 20th century. He possessed great breadth of voice records, with capacity for the bass filled with dramatic accents, perfect phrasing and a beautiful ring. In the scene he was characterized by his temperament and poise, which earned him the appreciation and recognition of the public of the time.

His childhood was marked by the difficulties of his mother, widow of a Carlist soldiers, to keep her and her four brothers. As soon as he was old enough, Lucrecia came to Madrid to serve in the House of businessman Rafael López de Heredia, friend of the family. They soon discovered the artistic qualities of the girl and decided to pay her music studies with prestigious professors: Baldelli in cla
sses of singing and, above all, the solid training provided by master Latorre. In 1887, he made his debut with a supporting role in the Price Theatre in Madrid, in the mascot, Edmundo Audrán work. After several successful performances in Madrid and Barcelona, he finally managed to appear as first soprano in the Teatro de la Zarzuela; He took the opportunity and since then became a consecrated figure of the genre.

The Decade of 1890 was full of triumphs; He played almost all the Repertoire of the time, more than 100 operettas, among which highlighted their characters in the old woman (1897) – in which he played a cavalry officer – and Gigantes y cabezudos (1898), both parts of Echegaray and Caballero. In the early years of the 20th century noted in several benefit concerts: La maja, the Ballad of the light or the rabalera. His fame grew to marry the Valencian sculptor Mariano Benlliure, who modeled the Medal Award Lucrecia Arana, awarded each
year by the Conservatory students with most notable song on the death of his wife.

Lucrecia withdrew from the scenarios to the forty years, with the interpretation of the rabalera in the Teatro de la Zarzuela. He died at age fifty-nine due to a cerebral hemorrhage.