|OPERA SINGER (FRANCE)|
BORN 10 Jun 1814, Châtenay, Hauts-de-Seine - DIED 13 Jun 1862, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines|
REAL NAME Martin, Marie-Geneviève
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 20 (Berlioz grave))
Maria Recio was the daugher of colonel Joseph Martin (1758-1836). Her mother Marie Recio Sotera Villas was Spanish. She possibly studied under David Banderali before she became a professional singer in Paris in 1830.
She met Hector Berlioz around 1841 and he helped her to obtain a position at the Opera Comique where she debuted on 9 Oct 1841. Her performances there were not succesful. In 1842 she accompanied Berlioz to Brussels and in the winter of 1842/1843 she sang "La Belle Voyageuse" that he had written for her. They started living together in 1844 and she accompanied him on many tours and acted as his manager.
After Berlioz' first wife Harriet Smithson died they married at the église de la Trinité in Paris on 19 Oct 1854. She died in 1862 from a heart disease. Her mother remained at Berlioz' side until the end of his life.
Husband: Berlioz, Hector (1854-1862, Paris)