Opera singer Teresa Berganza has died in Madrid at the age of 87, her son EL PAÍS confirmed. At the artist’s request, there will be no commemoration or public funeral.
Bergansa was one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos in Spanish opera, highly regarded for her technique and musicality. Born in Madrid, the youngest of three siblings, she devoted herself to her musical pursuits from childhood; in 1954 he won the singing prize of his city’s conservatory. She made her debut in the summer of 1957 at the festival in Aix-en-Provence (in the south of France), where she sang the part of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Since then, she has achieved great success, receiving acclaim from both the public and specialized critics, who celebrated the birth of what has been called the mezzo-soprano of the century.
After that first lightning strike, he had no shortage of offers, and he began a long career that took him to the most important stages of the planet in the following decades. Usually associated with the characters of Mozart, Rossini or Bizet, among her most unforgettable roles is the role of Carmen, the latter: she first performed it on 22 August 1977 at the Edinburgh Festival, along with the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo and with the Italian director Claudio Abbado in the relay; his extraordinary creation was the fruit of many years of study of Bizet’s score and the text of Prosper Mérimée. The baroque was, since he was very young, another of his passions. This is how his roles of Incoronazione, Alsina, Orontea, Dido and Aeneas or Rinaldo appeared.
She again took on the role of Carmen at the 1992 Seville International Exhibition at the Teatro de la Maestranza. His repertoire also includes a recital with a French song, an Italian aria and a lie, as well as an extensive discography including zarzuelas; Spanish music is another of his specialties. In 2002 he returned to the Liceu de Barcelona after an absence of more than 30 years to give a recital with his daughter, the soprano Cecilia Lavilla.
In the later years of his life, he collaborated with community causes, such as sponsoring concerts to benefit associations dedicated to children with autism.
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