Flamenco Legend Fernanda de Utrera Dies at 83

Fernanda de Utrera
Fernanda de Utrera

Spain – Flamenco singer Fernanda de Utrera died of heart failure at her home in Utrera (Seville province). She was 83.

Her wake will be held today at the Utrera city hall at 7 pm. The funeral will be held at Santiago parish (Parroquia de Santiago), according to city officials.

Fernanda Jiménez Peña (a.k.a. Fernanda de Utrera) was born in Utrera in 1923. She was the granddaughter of El Pinini and sister of flamenco singer Bernarda de Utrera.

Fernanda performed in international stages. One of the highlights was the Flamenco Puro show, which was a hit in New York.

She played roles in several movies, Duende y Misterio del Flamenco by Edgar Neville, and Flamenco by Carlos Saura. Her vocals appeared on the movie Kika by de Pedro Almodóvar.

Fernanda de Utrera received several awards, including the Premio Nacional del Cante and the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes.