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Subject: Fw: Native American Soprano Mobley Lushanya
From: chasmint <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 20 Mar 2007 14:04:53 -0400

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Juan Dzazopulos of Chile, the biographer of Ramon Vinay (De Chillan a la Gloria), has a an article on the "Grand Tenori" website about Ramon Vinay and he details Vinay's wife Mobley Lushanya. Here are the relevant quotes from the website:

"Ramón Vinay was a character on stage and in private life. Though he married in 1940 in Mexico, he soon fell in love with another woman. In 1945 he sang Tosca with the soprano Lushanya Mobley, a lady announced as an Indian princess of the Chickasaw tribe. Vinay left wife and children and started a new life with his soprano. Vinay was a womanizer. He declared, in more than one opportunity, that the greatest passions for him were food and women (and I should add, drink too). When a journalist asked him his opinion about women, the answer was: Ah! the most divine of passions!!"....

"After a long illness, Lushanya Mobley died in 1990. Her family took possession of all Vinay's fortune and he was declared mentally disabled and sent to sanatoriums in the United States were electroshock were applied, thus affecting his already weak mind and body.

The children from his first marriage rescued him and took him to Mexico, first to Guadalajara and then to Puebla, were he died of a heart attack on the 4th of January 1996. He was 85 years old. The Chilean Government took his remains to Santiago, were he received official honours at the Teatro Municipal and then to Chillán were he was buried at the local cemetery. His grave is close to that of the great Chilean pianist, Claudio Arrau."

Charles Mintzer

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