Pilar Lorengar

Biography

Born: January 16, 1928   Died: June 3, 1996; Berlin, Germany  
Though internationally her career was somewhat overshadowed by the other lyric sopranos of her day, perhaps due to an often understated presentation, her silvery voice, not large but focused enough to carry through even a Verdi and light Wagner orchestra, and her charm, winsome but not overly kittenish, made her a favorite in many European houses, particularly in Germany.

She studied music at the Barcelona Conservatory, and like many
Read more Spanish singers, she began her career in zarzuela, making her stage debut (as a mezzo) in 1949. While she left the zarzuela stage fairly soon, she maintained her ties to that genre, and throughout her career often recorded or performed zarzuela music in recitals. Her classical debut was in Barcelona in 1952, as a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth. Her operatic debut was as Cherubino in 1955 at Aix-en-Provence. She also made her Covent Garden debut that year as Violetta in La traviata, and her Glyndebourne debut the next year as Pamina in The Magic Flute. In 1958, she first appeared at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, beginning an association that lasted over 30 years. She was one of the most beloved artists at that house, and was awarded the title of Kammersangerin after just five years there, in 1963. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 1961, in Idomeneo, and her Metropolitan Opera debut not until 1966, as Donna Elvira.

Early in her career she focused on the lighter lyric roles, especially Mozart, but as she matured vocally, she was able to add considerably heavier roles, including Eva in Der Meistersinger and Elizabeth in Verdi's Don Carlo without taxing her voice beyond its resources. She made relatively few recordings, but among those, her Violetta in La traviata (London 443 000-2) is one of the few that captures the elegance and style of the famous courtesan as well as the feverishness of her doomed love affair. Read less
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  • 1.
    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    Istvan Kertesz: The London Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002033602 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Christa Ludwig,  Pilar Lorengar,  Erzsébet Komlossy  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Brighton Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Electrola Querschnitte - Original Opera Highlights 1952-61 / Rudolf Schock
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 283112 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Adolphe Adam,  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Rudolf Schock,  Lisa Otto,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Ernst Marzendorfer,  Berislav Klobucar,  Alberto Erede
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    Music of Old Cities & Royal Courts
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283312 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  Frederick the Great  ... 
    Performer:  Tivadar Bantay,  Christa Richter-Steiner,  Theo Altmeyer,  Lisa Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Karl Forster,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Hans von Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Baryton Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001777802 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Tito Gobbi,  Mirella Freni,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Deutsche Oper Berlin - 100 Years 1912-2012
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107522 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Pilar Lorengar,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Giuseppe Patané,  Arthur Rother,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745402 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Arthur Davies,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Don Carlos / King, Lorengar, Fischer-Dieskau, Sawallisch
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101621 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Martti Talvela,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Patricia Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Fischer-Dieskau, Berry, Grummer, Fricsay
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101574 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Pilar Lorengar,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Kempe, Lorengar, Fricke, Wunderlich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 82354 Release Date: 06/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Pilar Lorengar,  Gottlob Frick,  Gertrud Freedmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Solti, Lorengar, Berganza, Krause
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 430101 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Arthur Davies,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg - 50 Years [25 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469202 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire,  Alfred Brendel,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Claudio Abbado,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 29525 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heinrich Finck,  Heinrich Isaac,  Adam Krieger,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Naumann,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Otto Steinkopf,  Gerhard Kastner  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Forster,  Hans Müller-Kray,  Berislav Klobucar,  Robert Heger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin St. Hedwig Cathedral Choir,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Kertesz, Berry, Lorengar, Kmentt, Peters, Kreppel
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4520 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roberta Peters,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Kreppel,  Renate Holm  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Horenstein, Ortf French National Orchestra
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7960 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Otto Wiener,  Josef Traxel,  Pilar Lorengar,  Marga Höffgen
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Maazel, Berry, Lorengar, Wise, Ludwig
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 783092 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christa Ludwig,  Francisco Araiza,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Puccini: Il Trittico / Albrecht, Bruson, Zschau, Atlantov
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 768093 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Kerstin Meyer,  Pilar Lorengar,  Margarita Lilova,  Sona Ghazarian  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice - Highlights / Solti, Horne, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 452735 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Helen Donath,  Pilar Lorengar
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prętre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Musica Espańola - Songs; Granados, Cobos, Falla, Turina, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433917 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Fernando J. Obradors,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Nin  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Roger Vignoles,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Pilar Lorengar In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4476 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Barbieri,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Juan Pons,  Miguel Zanetti
    Conductor:  Miguel Gómez-Martinez,  Luis Garcia-Navarro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra,  Spanish Radio/TV Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4;  Beethoven: Egmont / Szell, Lso
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425972 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Golden Operetta
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421319 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Lecocq,  Franz Lehár,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Werner Krenn,  Renate Holm  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414568 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo,  Renate Holm,  Hetty Plümacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Kempe, Wunderlich, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 81872 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Walter Stoll,  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Pilar Lorengar,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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