Cancer claims a famed Spanish soprano, 63

Cancer claims a famed Spanish soprano, 63


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2022

Scherzo reports the early death of soprano Ana Maria Sanchez after a long struggle with cancer.

After a debut as Abigaille in Nabucco in Palma de Mallorca, she was in constand demand for Verdi roles across Spain. She went on to sing at Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Zurich, Florence, Venice, Lisbon, Naples, Buenos Aires and the Met.

A philologist by training, she travelled invariably with her devoted husband Pepe and remained attached throughout to her home town, Elda, in the Alicante region.


  • Anthony Michaels-Moore says:

    She had a lovely voice and was a warm, gentle person. I sang with her a couple of times in Spain, most notably in Bilbao in ‘Otello’ , where she delivered an excellent rendition of the Willow Song. Very sad news. RIP.