OP2129. DIDO AND AENEAS, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1960, Aix-en-Provence, w.Dervaux Cond. Paris Conservatoire Ensemble; Teresa Berganza, Gérard Souzay, Jane Berbié, Hanny Steffek, etc. (E.U.) Walhall 0326. - 4035122653267
“Teresa Berganza was born in Madrid and studied piano and voice at the Madrid Conservatory where she was awarded first prize for singing in 1954. She made her concert début there in 1955. Berganza made her operatic début as Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE in 1957 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. That same year, she made her Teatro alla Scala début and the following year her début at Glyndebourne In 1959, Berganza made her first appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, which became one of her signature roles. In 1967, she made her Metropolitan Opera début as Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
As a recitalist, Berganza made her Carnegie Hall début in 1964. From 1957 to 1977 Berganza was married to the composer and pianist Félix Lavilla, with whom she recorded and performed regularly and with whom she has three children, including soprano Cecilia Lavilla Berganza.
In 1992, Berganza participated in the opening ceremonies of Expo '92 in Seville and the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In 1994, she became the first woman elected to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. In 1996, she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música. She currently teaches singing at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, continues to perform music of Spanish composers, and gives master classes all over the world.“
"Gérard Souzay was one of the really great singers of the 20th century and was admired for his sense of style and musicality. His Lieder interpretations are considered as legendary. This is one of the few recordings of Souzay available on the international market and was recorded when the singer was in his prime in 1960."
“I can only hope I have come as close to the substance of the subject matter in the mélodies and chansons as [Souzay] did in the lieder of Schubert and Schumann.”
- Dietrich Fischer-Disakau