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“Ángela Peralta, the Mexican Nightingale”


By Peggy Jones

You have most likely enjoyed performances at Teatro Ángela Peralta on Calle Mesones, or at least admired its beautiful neoclassic facade, but do you know who Angela Peralta was?

Born in Mexico City in 1845, Ángela Peralta’s musical talents were apparent at an early age. As a teenager, she toured Europe and became an operatic soprano of international fame, with audiences dubbing her “The Mexican Nightingale.” Some of her most famous performances were as Lucia at La Scala and in the first presentation of Aida in Mexico in 1877. She established her own touring company, played piano and harp, acted, and composed music, all expertly.

At the peak of Ángela Peralta’s career in 1873, she graced the city of San Miguel de Allende with the inaugural performance of the new theater/opera house. The often-repeated story that the young men of San Miguel met her at the train station, unhooked the horses from her carriage, and pulled it into town in honor, may or may not be true. It is also said that happened upon her arrival at the port in Mazatlan! Regardless, the people of San Miguel were thrilled by her performances that week and promptly named the theater after her. She returned to San Miguel for another amazing week of opera in 1881. Unfortunately, two years later, when performing in Mazatlan, she and 76 of her troupe’s 80 members died in the yellow fever epidemic that swept the city shortly after her arrival. She was 38 years old.

Ángela Peralta is just one of the many fascinating figures who played a role in our city’s history. You can learn about many of the others by attending a Patronato Pro Ninos Historical Walking Tour, held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. The 2-1/2 hour, level-walking tour meets at 9:45am in the Jardín in front of the Parroquia and departs promptly at 10:00am. No reservations are necessary. Just show up and be prepared for a great walk through 500 years of history! Donation for the tour is 300 pesos per person. You will be led by knowledgeable volunteer guides, and best of all, you will be contributing to a great cause!

Our tours benefit the good work of Patronato Pro Niños, which for 47 years has been providing medical and dental services to underprivileged children of San Miguel and the surrounding rural communities. When you join the walking tours, your contribution helps these children lead healthier, fuller lives.

We also offer our popular Architectural Walking Tour on the third Thursday of each month, same time, and same place. Additionally, Private Tours can be arranged for a time that works for you by contacting Lily at or calling her at 152 7796. All tours are in English.



Historical Walking Tour

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Arrive at 9:45am for 10am departure

Meet in the Jardín, across from the Parroquia

300 peso

Donation benefits Patronato Pro Ninos



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