Spanish soprano Victoria de Los Angeles, considered one of the greatest Spanish opera voices of the 20th century, has died in Barcelona at the age of 81

Officials of the city's Liceu Opera house says the soprano died Saturday two weeks after being admitted to a hospital for treatment of cardio-respiratory problems.

Born in Barcelona in 1923, the soprano made her opera debut in the Liceu theater when she was 22 in the Marriage of Figaro.

She gained international fame in 1947, winning first place at the Geneva International Singing Competition then appeared in such operas as La Boheme, Carmen, Madam Butterfly and others in most of the world's leading opera houses

She retired late in the 20th century, following the death of one of her two sons.

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