Carme Bonaplata Cuní
Barcelona , 25 de gener de 1869
Barcelona , 14 de febrer de 1911
Performer i Teacher


Soprano and singing teacher

Daughter of the actor and author Teodor Bonaplata. She studied piano and solfège under Llorenç Bau, who she later married. Bonaplata made her debut in Milan in 1886 singing the lead role in Verdi's Aida, a key role in her lyrical career. Her repertoire of dramatic soprano includes operas by Wagner, Puccini, Ponchielli, among others.

She consolidated her prestige on successive tours of Europe and America. In 1892 she returned to Milan and performed in Bologna, Parma, Monte Carlo, Naples and Turin. In late 1897, she embarked on a tour to Russia. She also visited the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on several occasions, with a particularly fervent reception from the public. In 1902, she premiered Tosca at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In 1904, she left the stage to devote herself exclusively to teaching in the singing academy she and her husband owned. Among other disciples, she trained her daughter Carme Bau i Bonaplata.