Teresa Berganza was a Spanish mezzo-soprano. She is most closely associated with roles such as Rossini’s Rosina and La Cenerentola, and Bizet’s Carmen admired for her technical virtuosity, musical intelligence, and beguiling stage presence.
At the Dallas Opera, she made her North American debut as Isabella in Rossini’s La Traviata and subsequently as Neri in Cherubini’s Médée, both of which were premieres in 1958.
As Cherubino, she made her Met debut in 1967 alongside Cesare Siepi as Figaro; Mirella Freni as Susanna; Tom Krause and Pilar Lorena as the Almavivas; and Nikolaus Lehnhoff in his house debut as director and Joseph Rosenstock conducting.
The following year, she returned to the role of Rosina under the baton of Richard Bonynge for a televised performance with Mario Sereni as Figaro, Luigi Alva, and Fernando Corena as Bartolo.
Who Is Teresa Berganza Husband, Félix Lavilla?
Teresa Berganza before her death was previously married to Felix Lavilla. Teresa Berganza and Felix Lavilla tied the knot in 1957 and were together for 20 years.
The couple filed for divorce in 1977 due to reasons best known to them.
His father, a music teacher and bandleader in Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Basque Autonomous Community, was Felix Lavilla, a well-known Spanish pianist, composer, and accompanist.
With the mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, to whom he was married from 1957 to 1977, he was arguably best known for his collaborations. Recordings and recitals were done frequently by the duo.
Teresa Berganza’s ex-husband, Felix Lavilla died on 14 January 2013, in Madrid, Spain