Personalities | Teresa Berganza | Modern Era | Opera
b. 1935, Spanish
Combining a rich, sensual voice with a refined onstage presence, Herbert von Karajan called Berganza ‘the best mezzo-soprano in the world’. After studying at the Royal Conservatoire in Madrid, she made her operatic debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. This led to invitations from the world’s leading opera houses. A Rossini specialist, Berganza’s recitals have shown an extensive repertoire. In June 1994, she was elected a member of the Academia Real de Bellas Artes – the first time in the Royal Academy’s 250-year existence that a singer was awarded Spain’s highest artistic honour.
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