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Redirected from Victoria de los Angeles. The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 October Perhaps De los Angeles preferred being herself to playing operatic heroines, which might explain why she gave up the stage when her voice and fame were at their peak in order to devote all her time to concert and recital work.
But whatever the reason, this decision surprised the fans who had come to expect her every season at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan, even dismaying those who believed it was in some way a comedown for a star singer.
She herself found that it brought her closer to both the music and the public. There was always a special quality about her recitals, a sense of personal communication which broke down the formality of even the largest concert hall. She created this atmosphere as she walked on to the platform: a woman epitomising the warmth and allure of Spain, she combined a springing step with a ready smile as though to emphasise that she had come to sing for her own pleasure as well as that of the audience.
Her rapport with the public was altogether warmer than that of any rival singer of the time. Another distinctive feature of her recitals was the sheer breadth of her programmes, ranging from Lieder which she had studied with Elena Gerhardt to the French art song, and from Italian classical arias to the songs of her native country, with excursions into traditional British songs on her visits to the UK.
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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Be the first. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Linked Data More info about Linked Data. All rights reserved. She closely monitored her own singing. She retired from the operatic stage in , after an exceptionally successful portrayal of Verdi 's Desdemona in Dallas, though she returned to Covent Garden as Carmen in However, she continued singing recitals.