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Ana María González (born 13 April 1951) is a Spanish lyric soprano trained in Argentina, known for performing at the Teatro Colón from 1973 to 1994. Although associated with the Italian lyric repertoire, she also excelled in lyric soprano roles of the French repertoire such as Manon, Marguerite, and Juliette, which brought her international fame.
Ana María González was two years old when she emigrated with her family to Mendoza, Argentina, where she began studying piano and singing with Franca Cavalieri, debuting on Radio Libertador de Mendoza at an early age. At age 17 she settled in Buenos Aires, where she perfected her skills at the Teatro Colón Higher Institute of Art, studying with the eminent Argentine soprano Hina Spani. She won the Gold Medal of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes.
González debuted at the Teatro Colón in 1973 as El niño in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, followed by El retablo de maese Pedro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Micaela in Carmen (with Régine Crespin in the title role) in 1976. She continued to appear at the Buenos Aires venue in roles such as Susanna, Gilda, Nannetta, Adina, Pamina, and Euridice (with Margarita Zimmermann as Orfeo).
Later she assumed a repertoire of greater lyrical scope that included Mimi and Musetta in La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, as well as Magda (La rondine) and Liù (Turandot) by the same composer, Marguerite in Faust by Gounod (in the staging by Sergio Renán), the title role in Massenet's Manon, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (directed by Cecilio Madanes in the 1977 season and revived in the 1980s).