María Dolores Pradera

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María Dolores Pradera
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Background information
Birth nameMaría Dolores Fernández Pradera
Also known asLa Gran Señora de la Canción
Born(1924-08-29)29 August 1924
Madrid, Spain
Died28 May 2018(2018-05-28) (aged 93)
GenresCanción melódica, bolero, ranchera, folk, copla.
Years active1943–2018

María Dolores Fernández Pradera OAXS (29 August 1924[1] – 28 May 2018) was a Spanish melodic singer and actress, and one of the most famous voices in Spain and Latin America.

She started her career as an actress and during the 1950s she started singing professionally, eventually abandoning her career as an actress in the 1960s. She recorded more than 35 discs.

As a singer, she specialized in traditional Spanish and Latin American music: bolero, copla, ballad, ronda, vals, and folk music (Peruvian, Argentinian, Mexican, and Venezuelan). Her contralto voice had a deep resonance and sure melodic footing which must stem from classical training. Her pronunciation was pure Castilian, and her music pure Latin American. Her repertoire encompassed some of the most memorable melodies from Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Chile and her interpretations close to genuine. She typically sang accompanied by guitars, requintos, and drums. She sang for close to 30 years with the same group, Los Gemelos, formed by twin brothers, Santiago and Julián López Hernández, until the death of Santiago in the early 1990s.[2][3]

María Dolores Pradera died on 28 May 2018 at the age of 93.[4][5]



  1. ^ "Siluetas - María Dolores Pradera - 14/09/08 -". (in European Spanish). 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  2. ^ "Biografía de María Dolores Pradera". (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Biografía María Dolores Pradera. Biography María Dolores Pradera". (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Muere la cantante María Dolores Pradera a los 93 años". (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The singer María Dolores Pradera dies at 93". (via Google Translate). Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  7. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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