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Mariano de Padilla
Carte de visite
Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler
© Klaus Niermann - studioniermann.de/html/bieber.html
Mariano de Padilla Y'Ramos (1842-1906), Spanish baritone
Baritone, Mariano de Padilla, was born in Spain but studied voice in Italy. He toured extensively in Europe where he met and later married Desiree Artot, a Belgian mezzo-soprano. They were married in Warsaw in February 1869. Desiree Artot was known to be a much desired woman of composer, Peter Tchaikovsky. It is reported that Tchaikovsky had already announced to his father that he would marry Desiree, but apparently Desiree Artot had other plans and married de Padilla. The couple appeared on stages in Italy, Germany, Russia and Britain. Toward the end of their stage careers they opened a voice school in Berlin. Among the students were the opera singers, Max Dawison, Anna Bartels, Sigrid Amoldson, and their own daughter, Lola Artot de Padilla.
Mariano de Padilla and his wife Desiree Artot de Padilla both died and are buried in Berlin. Their daughter Lola Artot de Padilla born in 1876 sang with the Imperial Opera of Berlin from 1909 until 1927. She was to follow her parents as a voice teacher in Berlin.
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler)
Photographed after Leonard Berlin-Bieber joined atelier of his aunt Emilie.