Biography of Teresa Berganza (1935-VVVV)

Mezzo-soprano Spanish born in Madrid on 16 March 1935.

He studied piano at the Conservatory in his hometown and singing with Lola Rodríguez de Aragón. In 1955 he/she made his presentation in Madrid and two years later obtained a great success at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, then beginning a brilliant international career.

In 1958 he/she performed for the first time at la Scala in Milan, in Glyndenbourne Festival and Dallas (United States of America), where he/she worked together with María Callas in Medea. In 1971 he/she sang at the Liceo de Barcelona La Cenerentola by Rossini and, since then, has it been uploaded to stages around the world, mainly playing roles of Rossini and Mozart.

In 1991 he/she was awarded the prize Prince of Asturias Arts along with other Spanish singers. In 1992 he/she participated in the international exhibition of Seville, life in the Teatro de la Maestranza giving the character Carmen by Bizetopera. His repertoire also includes the concert with Italian Spanish, French, aria song and lied, besides having an extensive discography which includes operettas. In 1994 was elected member of the Royal Academy of fine arts of San Fernando, thus becoming the first woman to obtain this distinction.

In 2002 he/she returned to the Barcelona Liceo, after more than 30 years of absence, to give a recital with her daughter, the soprano Cecilia Lavilla. On the other hand, on reaching his seventy years and fifty career, he/she edited a quadruple album that includes his best represetaciones of the key composers in his work as an artist.

Teresa Berganza was Professor of the Chair of singing at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and has given master classes in various cities around the world. He/She has won the national prize of music from Spain and they have dedicated a Conservatory in Madrid, the Conservatory Teresa Berganza.