OP1685. DON QUICHOTTE (in Italian) (Massenet), Broadcast Performance, 25 May, 1957, w.Simonetto Cond. RAI Ensemble, Milano; Teresa Berganza, Boris Christoff & Carlo Badioli. [Massenet identified personally with his comic-heroic protagonist as he was in love with Lucy Arbell who sang DulcinÚe at the first performance. He was then 67 and died just two years later. The role of Don Quichotte was one of the most notable achievements of the Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin, for whom the role was specifically conceived. This 1910 opera was one of six commissioned from Massenet by Raoul Gunsbourg for the OpÚra de Monte-Carlo] (E.U.) 2-Myto 00157. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8014399501576
´┐ŻTeresa 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 d´┐Żbut there in 1955. Berganza made her operatic d´┐Żbut as Dorabella in COS´┐Ż FAN TUTTE in 1957 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. That same year, she made her Teatro alla Scala d´┐Żbut and the following year her d´┐Żbut 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 d´┐Żbut as Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
As a recitalist, Berganza made her Carnegie Hall d´┐Żbut in 1964. From 1957 to 1977 Berganza was married to the composer and pianist F´┐Żlix 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 M´┐Żsica. She currently teaches singing at the Escuela Superior de M´┐Żsica Reina Sof´┐Ża, continues to perform music of Spanish composers, and gives master classes all over the world.´┐Ż
"...there is the beauty of the voice itself, black and majestic, but capable of melting to the warmest of velvet; a voice that can damn and bless within the same breath. Add to all this a magnificent sense of presence and in Boris Christoff we have a true mastersinger of our time."
- Michael Letchford, Liner Notes to HMV LP set