Ana Raquel Satre

Ana Raquel Satre (1925 – 18 November 2014[1])—nicknamed 'Mimi'—was a Uruguayan operatic mezzo-soprano.

Ana Raquel Satre
Also known asMimi
Died(2014-11-18)November 18, 2014
Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Canary Isles


Satre was born in Uruguay and studied with French soprano Ninon Vallin at the Conservatorio Nacional in Montevideo.[1] Her first success came at an early age when she was chosen to sing in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto at the Montevideo Opera House.[1] She subsequently appeared in South America singing the title role in Peri's Euridice, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare.

Satre's first European appearances were at Wigmore Hall in London, as part of Lies Askonas’ Voices of Tomorrow recital series, and as Euridice in Glück's Orfeo, opposite Gérard Souzay in the title role, with the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She then went on Barcelona; La Fenice; Venice; La Monnaie; Brussels; and was invited by Gian Carlo Menotti to take part in the Spoleto and Madrid Festivals. She toured Australia with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust appearing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and at the Adelaide Festival,[2] as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Violetta in La traviata, for which she was awarded the 1963 Opera Medal of the Harriet Cohen International Music Awards.

In addition to her operatic work, Satre toured extensively as a recitalist in Great Britain, most notably with Gerald Moore at the King's Lynn Festival in the presence of the Queen Mother,[3] and in Austria, France, Italy, and North and South America. For Decca, she recorded Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana and Emilia in Otello with Mario del Monaco and Renata Tabaldi.

In 1963, Satre interpreted Judith in a film version of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, recorded in German for Stuttgart Television and in English for world release, and directed by Michael Powell.

Satre sang under conductors that included Paul Paray, Lamberto Baldi, Tulio Serafin, Georges Prêtre, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Charles Mackerras, Eric Simon and Herbert von Karajan.

In January 1962 she married the classical guitarist Patrick Bashford;[4] they had a son, Roderick, who lived with Satre in Paris following her separation from Bashford in the 1980s.[5] She died on 18 November 2014 in Lanzarote, in the Canary Isles.




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  2. "Adelaide Gets Ready". The Times (55337). 12 March 1962. p. 8. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. "Festival At King's Lynn". The Times (54834). 27 July 1960. p. 5. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. "Marriages". The Times (55293). 19 January 1962. p. 1. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. Boyd, Tom (2 February 2012). "Patrick Bashford obituary". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. "The 100 Best Classical CDs". The Times (64960). 21 May 1994. sec. 3, p. 26. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. Herzog Blaubarts Burg on IMDb

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