Dominican soprano Ivonne Haza del Castillo dies; Mother of Minister Víctor (Ito) Bisonó El Nuevo (Dominican Republic)

THE NEW DAILY NEWSPAPER, SANTO DOMINGO. – Soprano and mother of Industry, Trade and MSME Minister Víctor (Ito) Bisonó, Ivonne Haza, known in the art world as “La Diva Dominicana”, has passed away this Thursday afternoon, it was announced via her Twitter account the Officer .

“This afternoon my dear mother, Ivonne Haza del Castillo, left in peace to meet the Lord, she was accompanied by her children and grandchildren until the last moment,” wrote the minister.

He added: “Mom, you will be remembered for your great legacy to Dominican culture; the lady of classical music forever”.

life and work

Sara María Ivonne Haza del Castillo was born on December 25, 1938 in Ingenio Angelina in San Pedro de Macorís to her parents Luis Felipe Haza González, a Cuban immigrant from Matanzas, and Rita Indiana del Castillo y Rodríguez-Objío.

Haza married the Villa Bisonó architect Víctor Bisonó Pichardo (1933-2017), with whom he fathered Vilma Rebeca, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mypimes, Víctor Orlando, Marcos Rodolfo and Rita Ivonne Bisonó Haza.

The artist studied at the Santo Domingo Conservatory and debuted in 1958 as a singer in a bedroom concert in the presence of the dictator Trujillo. Until 1961 he studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Elena D’Ambrossio, Inés Alfani-Tellini and Roberto Caggiano.

Haza’s repertoire includes all genres of vocal music from operetta and opera to requiems and tone poems to songs and hymns.

With the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic he performs under the direction of the Dominican maestros Manuel Simó, Carlos Piantini, Rafael Villanueva, Julio de Windt, Manuel Marino Miniño and José Antonio Molina and guest conductors such as Roberto Caggiano, Carlos Chávez, Enrique Garcia Asencio, Paul Engel and Robert Carter Austin.

His musical partners include Olga Azar, Arístides Incáustegui, Luís Rivera, Roberto Caggiano, Lilliam Columna, Jacinto Gimbernard, Luis Frías Sandoval, Rafael Félix Gimbernard, Rafael Sánchez Cestero, Rafael Félix, Manuel Simó, Dagmar White, Criolla Hidalgo, Fausto Cepeda, Luis Frias, Rafael Gil Castro, Vito Castorina and Enriquillo Ceron.

Haza sang works by Maurice Ravel, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Lukas Foss, José de Jesús Ravelo, Leo Brouwer and Enrique de Marchena.

He has taken part in leading roles in operas such as Cavalleria rusticana, Los Payasos, Las Zarzuelas, Luisa Fernanda, La leyenda del beso and El cafetal.

Tours and performances have taken her to the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba, she took part in the Festival Latino-americano de las Artes with pianist Manuel Rueda, and in 1988 she took part in the Cervantino Festival with pianist María de Fátima Geraldes Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In the same year he recorded the CDs Deliver, Christmas Jewelry and Dreams.

In addition, Haza taught for many years at the National Conservatory of Music, served as artistic director of the National Theater for five years, and directed the Lyric Singers of Fine Arts. She was decorated by the Dominican Order Duarte de Sánchez y Mella of the Dominican Republic and the Order of Merit of Italy.