ARGENTINE LOVE STORIES : Regina Pacini
26 de Febrero del 2016
In 1907, the most eligible bachelor of Argentina, Marcelo T. de Alvear, married a Portuguese famous soprano, Regina Pacini, who left the bel canto to follow his destiny as president of a distant country. Until she died in 1965, she wore every month a huge bouquet of roses to the grave of her husband
She had been namedRegina because she was born at Kings Day in 1871. At sixteen she already had a crystal voice. Her voice was appreciated at the Liceo de Barcelona, La Scala de Milano, the Paris Opera. At the Covent Garden in London she sang Lucia de Lammermoor with Enrico Caruso.
Marcelo Torcuato, born in 1868, he was a true "good boy". His fortune was immense.
What Marcelo felt when he heard Regina singing "The Barber of Seville" It must have been something very strong. They say that every time he heard her on stage, his eyes filled with tears. That night he felt in love with her. He started following her to the best theaters in Madrid, Paris, London, Monte Carlo, Budapest, Odessa, and filled the dressing rooms of Regina Pacini with thousands of red and white roses.
In 1903, Marcelo, after having followed her through the world, proposed to her and she said yes, but made it a condition to sing for four more years.
Days before the wedding, five hundred people of his social class sent him a telegram asking her boyfriend "reconsider".
For four years they did not trod Buenos Aires. The return came only in 1911.
In 1916, Alvear was appointed minister plenipotentiary in Paris. In 1922, Yrigoyen Alvear appointed him as his successor
Marcelo seemed doomed to success. He touched her rule during the boom years from 1922 to 1928. Argentina grew apace and no major conflicts. It was the last happy opulent Argentina decade.
On March 23rd, 1942, Marcelo, struck down by a heart attack, ended his days in Don Torcuato. At his side, hand in hand, was Regina Pacini.
She survived him for long years. He died in 1965 at age 95. The 23rd of each month, Regina went to the Recoleta to visit her husband's grave with a large bouquet of white and red roses.