Ana Raquel Satre (Mimi)
was born in Uruguay of French and Spanish ancestry, and studied with famous French soprano Ninon Vallin at the Conservatorio Nacional in Montevideo.
Her first success came at the age of 17 when she was chosen to sing in Cimarosa’s Matrimonio Segreto at the Montevideo Opera House.
She subsequently appeared in South America singing the title role in Peri’s Euridice, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Cleopatra in Handel’s Julio Cesare.
Satre’s first European appearances were at the Wigmore Hall in London, as part of the great agent Lies Askonas’ recital series, where she won the acclaim of critics.She was engaged in Cannes to sing Eurydice in Glück’s Orpheus opposite Gérard Souzay, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
She then went on to Barcelona, La Fenice, Venice, La Monnaie Brussels…and was invited by Gian Carlo Menotti to take part in the Spoleto and Madrid Festivals, where she sang in his production of the Consul as well as many concerts.
She toured Australia with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust appearing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and at the Adelaide Festival, 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 has toured extensively as a recitalist in Great Britain, most notably with the great pianist Gerald Moore at the King’s Lynn Festival in the presence of the Queen Mother, as well as Austria, France, Italy, North and South America.
For Decca, she has recorded Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor, Lola in Cavaleria Rusticana and Emilia in Othello with Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi and Herbert con Karajan
In 1963, Satre interpreted Judith in a film version of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle in German for Stuttgart Television and in English for world release directed by Michael Powell, recently shown at the New York Film Festival (2006)
Satre has sung under such conductors as Paul Paray, Lamberto Baldi, Tulio Serafin, George Prêtre, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Charles MacKerras, Eric Simon and Herbert von Karajan, and made many concerts with Gerald Moore, Julian Bream, Geoffrey Parsons and Ivor Newton.