Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Teresa Berganza to receive lifetime achievement prize at International Opera Awards

1:58, 16th March 2018

Teresa Berganza will be presented with the lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Opera Awards.

Born in 1935, the Spanish mezzo-soprano is closely associated with the music of Rossini, Mozart, and Bizet. She made her concert debut in Madrid in 1955 and her operatic debut two years later as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Winner of the Grand Prix Rossini, she became the first woman elected to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in 1994, and was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música in 1996.

John Allison, chair of the jury and editor of Opera, said: ‘It was one of the jury’s easiest decisions to give the lifetime achievement award to Teresa Berganza — such is the love and esteem everyone in the operatic world feels for her.

‘Over a career lasting little short of half a century, her artistry was remarkably consistent, based on complete musicality and a mezzo-soprano voice of great distinction. In her key roles — above all in Mozart and Rossini, but also including Carmen and Charlotte — she was matchless, and she continues to leave her mark on opera through her work with young singers. She has indeed devoted her life to music.’

The awards ceremony will take place 9 April at the London Coliseum.


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