Near her home in Madrid, mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza works on the role of Carmen, which she will sing at the Festival of Paris.
Born in 1935, Teresa Berganza studied music very seriously, the piano, the organ and composition. She debuted in 1957 onstage at a festival in Aix en Provence in a Mozart opera. An international career began. She sang in the biggest theatres works by Rossini, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Bizet (his Carmen is famous) and especially Mozart, with the Cherubino ofNoces de Figaro, which would remain her favourite role. She played an important role in the rediscovery of the baroque repertoire, she sang Cesti, Scarlatti, Pergolèse, Monteverdi...
At the same time, she gave recitals, opera airs, Spanish melodies and zarzuela extracts. Her large, nuanced, coloured, virtuoso voice, her attention to texts, musical competence all made Teresa Berganza one of the great mezzo sopranos of the second half of the 20th century. She's also a great teacher who continues to teach the art of singing.