Malibran-Garcia, Maria Felicità

BORN 24 Mar 1808, Paris - DIED 23 Sep 1836, Manchester
CAUSE OF DEATH fall from a horse (consequences of)
GRAVE LOCATION Brussel: Begraafplaats Laken (Perk 11, weg 11, concessie 15)

Maria Felicità Garcia, known as Malibran, was born in Paris as the daughter of the Spanish tenor Manuel del Pópolo Vicente Garcia. In 1816 she first appeared on the stage, next to her father in "Agnese" by Ferdinanco Paers. In 1825 she made her official debut in London as Rosina in Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Seviglia", replacing Giuditta Pasta.

In 1825 she moved to New York, where her father started an opera company. In 1826 she married Eugène Malibran, a businessman who was 28 years her senior. After performing in New York and her return to Europe in 1827 she made her Paris debut in 1828 as Desdemona in "Otello". She became a huge star in Paris and in that city she met the Belgian violinist Charles de Bériot, with whom she started an affair.

She appeared in numerous European cities between 1828 and 1832 and in 1832 marked the start of a string of successes in Italy. In 1833 a thatre in Venice was named after her, Teatro Malibran.

In 1836 her marriage with Malibran ended and she married Bériot. She was pregnant when she fell from a horse during a hunting party in Hyde Park in London in that same year. She died several months later of the injuries in Manchester, where she was buried. Her husband ordered her remains to be transferred to Brussels, where he was buried beside her at the Laeken cemetery in 1870.

• Father: Garcia, Manuel
• Sister: Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

Related persons
• performed with Alboni, Marietta
• met Balfe, Michael
• was painted by Bouchot, François
• is brother/sister of Viardot-Garcia, Pauline


The mausoleum of Maria Felicità Malibran-Garcia at the Cimetière de Laecken, Brussels.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2007)


Encyclopedie van de Muziek, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1959
De Volkskrant

Mallinger, Mathilda

Published: 16 Sep 2007
Last update: 01 Feb 2022