Berganza Vargas, Teresa
Spanish mezzo-soprano famed for Rossini, Mozart and Bizet roles
Description: (1935-2022) Spanish mezzo-soprano renowned for roles in operas by Rossini, Mozart and Bizet, admired for her technical virtuosity, musical intelligence, and beguiling stage presence.
She studied piano and voice at the Madrid Royal Conservatory where she was awarded 1st prize for singing in 1954, making her concert debut in Madrid in 1955. Berganza made her operatic debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in 1957 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and that year made her La Scala debut, and made her Glyndebourne debut in 1958. In 1959, Berganza debuted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Rosina in Il barbiere de Siviglia which became one of her signature roles. In 1967, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. As a recitalist, Berganza made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1964. Her concert repertoire includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian songs. She shared the 1991 Prince of Asturias Award for arts and letters with 6 other Spanish singers and also won the Grand Prix Rossini.
In 1992, Berganza participated in the Seville Expo ’92 opening ceremonies and the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. In 1994, she was the 1st woman elected to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and in 1966 was awarded the Premio Nacional de Musica. She taught singing at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, continued performing music of Spanish composers, and gave master classes all over the world. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 International Opera Awards. She has appeared in 9 films.
Signed 4 ½ x 6 light blue-green autograph album page (in person signature)
Condition: Very good