Ada Navarrete

Ada Navarrete (Mérida, Yucatán, July 20, 1890[1]Mexico City, August 13, 1967), also seen as Ada Navarrete Tappan and Ada Navarrete de Carrasco, was a soprano opera singer from Yucatán, Mexico.

Ada Navarrete, in costume for Lucia di Lammermoor, from a 1917 publication
Ada Navarrete, from a 1917 publication

Early lifeEdit

Ada Navarrete was from Mérida, Yucatán, the daughter of Rodolfo Navarrete Sosa (a lawyer) and Leonor Tappan Polanco. Dates of her birth vary from 1880 to 1893 in sources.[2][3]


Navarrete, a coloratura soprano, began as an professional singer in Mexico City. She headlined her own touring company, managed by her husband.[4][5] She became a member of the Boston Grand Opera in 1917, promoted along with Tamaki Miura by opera impresario Max Rabinoff,[6] to emphasize Boston's international company.[7][8] Her American debut came as Gilda in Rigoletto that year. "Navarrete's voice is rather light in the lower register," explained one critic, "but this is more than atoned for by its marked sweetness in the upper."[9] She also sang the parts of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1917.[10] She had a contract with the Metropolitan Opera in New York,[11][12] and sang with Enrico Caruso when he toured Mexico in 1919.[5] She also sang in Havana and Montreal.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Ada Navarrete married Honorato Carrasco. They had six children, including two daughters who became actresses, Ada Carrasco (1912–1994) and Queta Carrasco (1913–1996).[5] Navarrete died in 1967, in Mexico City.[14]


  1. ^ Yucatán, Novedades (November 24, 2019). "Valioso disco de Ada Navarrete, donado a la fonoteca de Yucatán". (in Spanish). Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "New Prima Donna Coloratura from Yucatan", Musical Courier (August 23, 1917): 18.
  3. ^ "Yucatan Sends Star" The New York Times (August 26, 1917): 78. via ProQuest
  4. ^ "Soprano from Yucatan Claims Admiration of our Opera-Goers" Musical America (September 8, 1917): 2.
  5. ^ a b c Mariano del Cueto, "Ada Navarrete: La soprano mexicana que cantó con Caruso" Pro Ópera (September 2015): 38–40.
  6. ^ "Navarrete is Making Good" El Paso Herald (July 10, 1917): 12. via 
  7. ^ "One Hundred Cities in Boston Opera's Itinerary" Musical America (October 20, 1917): 10.
  8. ^ "Rabinoff Brings out New Soprano" Tampa Times (September 29, 1917): 14. via 
  9. ^ "'Butterfly' Begins Boston Opera Company's Season" Musical Courier (November 15, 1917): 7.
  10. ^ Advertisement, Musical Courier (December 27, 1917): 15.
  11. ^ "Personal Notes" The South American (October 1919): 13.
  12. ^ Jacob Warshaw, The New Latin America (Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1922): 255.
  13. ^ "Ada Navarrete to Sing Here After Notable Successes in Four Countries; Loves El Paso" El Paso Herald (September 17, 1920): 5. via 
  14. ^ Fernando Muñoz Castillo, "Adda Navarrete, la distinta prima donna" Por Esto!.

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