Beatriz Parra Durango
Beatriz Parra Durango (b. 1940) is an Ecuadorian classical soprano.
Early life and education
Parra Durango was born in Guayaquil. Her mother was journalist Dora Durango Lopez. Her first studies took place at the Conservatory Antonio Neumane in Guayaquil, where she became the soloist of the Conservatory's choir.
In 1957 she received her first prize when she participated in the competition "Searching for a Voice in Ecuador", organized by the House of Culture and Radio CRE. That same year she became part of the cast of the Lyrical Ensemble of the House of Culture, and in 1958 she performed for the first time as a soloist onstage in the role of Duchess Carolina in the zarzuela "Luisa Fernanda". In 1959 she sang the lead role in the Spanish Opera Marina under the direction of the Spanish Maestro Carlos Arijita. In 1960 she travelled to Moscow on a scholarship given by the Ministry of Culture of the then USSR, and studied classical singing at the Moscow Conservatory, studying under Nina Dorliak, wife to pianist Sviatoslav Richter. She graduated with the Award For Excellence in 1966. In 1965 she won the silver medal and second place in the International Vocal Competition organized by the city of Toulouse, France. She sang as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. That same year she received the gold medal in the Musical Competition of George Enesco, Romania.
For fifteen years she was a prima donna and soloist with the Colombia Opera Theater, where her repertoire included verismo such as Verdi and Puccini, romanticists such as Donizetti and classicists such as Mozart. She performed the role of Michaela in Carmen for the Bolshoi Opera House . In the fall of 2001 she was a guest performer of the Iberoamerican Culture Festival.
Parra Durango married Enrique Gil, with whom she had her only daughter, singer and classical trainee Beatriz Gil Parra.
- "Beatriz Parra, la mujer que quiere popularizar la música lírica". El Telegrafo. August 29, 2016.
- "PREMIAN A PRESTIGIOSA SOPRANO Y PEDAGOGA ECUATORIANA". Codalario. August 22, 2016.
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