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date: 26 September 2020

Gay [Pichot Gironés], María locked

  • Rodolfo Celletti,
  • Valeria Pregliasco Gualerzi
  •  and Jonas Westover


(b Barcelona, Spain, June 13, 1879; d New York, NY, July 29, 1943). Spanish mezzo-soprano. She originally studied sculpture, but a suggestion from a family friend turned her interests to piano. A famous story tells of the 16-year-old her being arrested for singing nationalist songs in Barcelona and continuing to sing them in during a jail sentence that interrupted her studies in music. Gay studied with Juan Gay Planella, her first husband, and then in Paris with Ada Adini. She sang in concerts in Brussels with Eugène Ysaÿe, and in 1902 appeared there at the Théâtre de la Monnaie as Carmen. Until the late 1920s she performed at the world’s leading opera houses, including Madrid, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan, and Chicago, where she sang regularly between 1910 and 1927. She also appeared throughout South America. Gay was a mainstay of the Boston Opera Company and its short-lived successor (...

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