Teresa Berganza To Be Honored At The Opera Awards

By Francisco Salazar

On April 9, 2018, Teresa Berganza will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Opera Awards 2018.

The organization announced that Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza will receive the award for her legendary operatic career. Berganza, who studied music at the Madrid Conservatory, where she was awarded the first prize for singing in 1954, made her concert debut in Madrid in 1955, and in 1957 received international acclaim for her performance of Dorabella in “Così fan tutte” at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, aged just 22.

She would go onto sing in every major theater including La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Edinburgh, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Teatro Real, among others. Among her signature roles were Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,”  Cherubino, Dorabella, and Sesto. She also performed zarzuelas of her native Spain and made multiple recordings.

The opera awards will be held at the Londo Coliseum on April 9 showcasing the best of opera.