Ángela Peralta, also known as Nightingale of Mexico is a famous pianist, harpist, and composer. She is a widely popular opera singer who was mesmerizing the audience with her powerful voice. Born on the 6th of July in 1845 in Mexico, she grew up with her father who was a soldier and an educator. Ángela Peralta is blessed with a beautiful voice and she started singing from an early age. When she was a child she was trained by a music tutor. Her reputation rose when she performed the Italian opera ‘Belisario’ at 8 years old.
The musician had an extraordinary voice and unbeatable singing talent that led her to complete her education. She rose to fame and made her operatic debut as Leonora. From here, she climbed the ladder of operatic success. Her critically acclaimed performance Gran Teatro Nacional was also widely appreciated and honored. She had an active career from 1865 to 1875 and toured Europe and Mexico. Ángela Peralta accepted the invitation of the second Mexican empire and sh even performed for him. Let us, deep-dive, into Ángela Peralta’s life and go through her timeline.
Ángela Peralta Performances and Achievements
- The first global appreciation Ángela got was “Chamber singer of the Empire” where she sang for Maximillian of Mexico.
- Peralta launched her opera company in 1871 in Mexico and began singing frequently.
- In her entire lifetime, she sang Lucia 166 times and Amina 122 times, which is remarkable.
- In 1883, she did her final tour in Mexico which was also a big hit.
- According to a journalist who watched her singing in 1883, he stated to a magazine that “She is a woman with an agreeable presence, slightly obese, with bulging but very lively eyes,” they reportedly wrote in their diary read, adding, “she has a wonderful voice that produces notes from the very highest to the lowest with astounding ease; she sang several variations with such delicate notes, like the trill of a goldfinch…”
- According to the Mexican newspaper, “Mrs. Peralta, as always, enthused the audience, and the excitement reached its climax when Ángela sang the aria of delirium. Our Nightingale becomes more deserving of the fame she has achieved every day, and the Mexican public considers her their most-loved artist…An immense number of wreaths were thrown on the stage, and this artist received as a tribute the most enthusiastic bravos and most deserving applause.”
Ángela Peralta’s Turbulent Love Life and Scandals
Ángela had an unhappy marriage. She married Castera her cousin in Madrid and took retirement from singing for a while. After one year of marriage, her husband developed mental illness. He was admitted to a mental hospital in Paris where he, later on, died in 1876.
During mid 1870’s Ángela had an affair with Julián Montiel y Duarte, an entreprenur and lawyer. Soon this became a scandal in Mexico. She was boycotted by social elite groups and they also continued to harass her during her performances. Her reputation was shattered after her affair. But she
her reputation by performing Linda di Chamounix and thereafter vowed not to perform again in Mexico.
During her entire career, she suffered many setbacks, and frequent on and off from Mexico frustrated her. But a woman of resilience never gave up. She continued to do tours, face harassment, and also performed opera in many concerts in Europe.
Remembering her birthday in 2020, History Today wrote “In addition to singing, she was an accomplished harpist and composed numerous romantic pieces, including gallops, dances, fantasies, and waltzes.”
Peralta Tragic Death
At the age of 38, she succumbed to yellow fever in The city of Mazatlán. The city was preparing a grand welcome for her and she was waving on her balconies to the masses. She died in the arms of her lover Julián Montiel y Duarte and married on the day of her deathbed being unconscious. To honor her later, many theatres in Mexico were named after her but she did remain in people’s hearts for her mesmerized voice.