Obituary: Argentine Mezzo-Soprano Mabel Perelstein Dies of Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

Argentine mezzo-soprano Mabel Perelstein has died from complications related to the coronavirus.

Perelstein was hospitalized on March 24, 2020 in Madrid.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, Perelstein studied at the Conservatorio Gilardo Gilardi where she worked under Noemí Souza. She then went on to be part of the Teatro Argentino Chorus. In the 80s she moved to Spain to study under Isabel Penagos, as well as Christa Ludwig, Gina Cigna, Vera Rozsa  and Mark Deller.

From there Perelstein went on to compete in a number of competitions including the María Canals de Barcelona, Jacinto Guerrero de Madrid, Toti Dal Monte de Treviso, Conchita Badía de Santiago de Compostela, Marseille Opera, and Voci Verdiane di Busseto.

Having won a number of top prizes, she performed at some of the world’s greatest theaters in Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, United States, Hungary, and Poland, among others. She also performed a number of styles from baroque to contemporary and zarzuela.

She went on to perform with the likes of Plácido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Mirella Freni, Mariella Devia, Renata Scotto, Ileana Cotrubas, Elena Obratzova, Renato Bruson, Piero Capucilli, Juan Pons, and Nicolai Ghiaurov.

She also collaborated with composers José Luis Turina, Ignacio Yepes, and José Luis Moreno, who wrote pieces for her voice.

Perelstein left a number of recordings including “Falstaff,” “Otello,” “Gianni Schicchi,” “La vida breve” “El Gato Montés” and “Doña Francisquita.”

Here she is as Emilia in “Otello.”

Here she is in a duet from “Doña Francisquita.”