Conching Rosal

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The First Lady of the Philippine Operatic Stage

Conching Rosal is an operatic Coloratura soprano (b. 1926; d. 1985). A native of San Jose, Batangas, Conchita H. Rosal dubbed as the First Lady of the Philippine Operatic Stage and she's one of the Philippines’ great sopranos.

Her career in entertainment started to blossom when she won the Elizalde Family Hour Talent Search in 1952. Rosal’s musical career spanning three decades were highlighted with unforgettable roles in Philippine productions of Madame Butterfly, 1967, Aida, and the lead role in the zarzwela "Ang Kiri".

She started singing at the age of 6 in their local church in San Jose as a soloist. While studying voice at the UST Conservatory of Music, one of her classmates was Sylvia La Torre. She furthered her studies in voice under the tutelage of Dean Verchines in the United States, a well-known coach to leading artists of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Opera.

Her performance as Carmen in Trudel Zipper’s Tagalog production of Bizet’s opera brought her fame as an opera singer.

She died in 1985 of cancer.

Discography

  • Conching Rosal sing's "Ang Maya" and other Immortal Kundiman
  • Immortal Kundiman of the Philippines