Teresa Berganza to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award

Teresa Berganza to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award



On 9 April 2018, Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Opera Awards – the opera equivalent of the Oscars. 

The news comes on the back of two re-issues this March on the Australian Eloquence label: 18th-Century Portraits and Brava Berganza!

Berganza studied music at the Madrid Conservatory where she was awarded first prize for singing in 1954. She 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. That same year, she made her La Scala debut and shortly after, her debut at Glyndebourne in Le nozze di Figaroand at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, which became one of her signature roles. Berganza was also a natural in the operas and zarzuelas of her native Spain; her interpretation of the title role of Carmen in Piero Faggioni’s 1977 Edinburgh Festival production remains a highlight in the history of opera performance.

John Allison, Chairman 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 International Opera Awards will be held at the London Coliseum on 9 April 2018.