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
Spontini: Olimpia / Molinari-pradelli, Lorengar, Tagliavini
Release Date: 10/07/2003   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1395   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Hindemith: Cardillac, Mathis Der Maler Excerpts / Keilberth
    Label: Dg 20th Century Classics   Catalog: 431741 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Willi Nett,  Elisabeth Söderström,  Eberhard Katz  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Leopold Ludwig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Verdi: Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater / Hughes, Forster
    Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75936 Release Date: 01/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Josef Traxel,  Betty Allen,  Josef Greindl  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Forster,  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 28.
    Classic Recitals - Prima Donna In Vienna / Pilar Lorengar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000582202 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Carl Zeller  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Original Masters - George Szell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491002 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Klausjürgen Wussow
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Best Of Franz Lehar
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4762703 Release Date: 01/17/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Renate Holm,  Werner Krenn,  Pilar Lorengar
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Jascha Horenstein - Broadcast Performances From Paris
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Samuel Barber,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lola Bobesco,  Marian Anderson,  Pilar Lorengar,  Marga Höffgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 32.
    The #1 Beethoven Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000111302 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Yvonne Minton,  Stuart Burrows,  Martti Talvela  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Claudio Abbado,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 33.
    The Classic Sound - Beethoven: Egmont / Szell, Lorengar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448593 Release Date: 10/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Klausjürgen Wussow
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Spontini: Olimpia / Molinari-pradelli, Lorengar, Tagliavini
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1395 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gasparo Spontini
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Pilar Lorengar,  Ferruccio Tagliavini
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 35.
    Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Solti, Lorengar, Berganza, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000064312 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Jane Berbié,  Tom Krause,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Midnight Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000030302 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jacques Offenbach,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kerr,  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    The Very Best Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75915 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Leo Fall,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Pilar Lorengar,  Edith Mathis,  Liselotte Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray,  Hans Moltkau,  Carl Michalski,  Fried Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Gounod: Messe Solennelle De Sainte Cécile, Etc / Barbirolli
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74730 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Heinz Hoppe,  Franz Crass
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Jean-Claude Hartemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  René Duclos Chorus
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  • 39.
    Essential Mozart Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473824 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Teresa Berganza,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  István Kertész,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Beethoven - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472779 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Yvonne Minton,  Pilar Lorengar,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernhard Klee,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    The Art Of Pilar Lorengar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473317 Release Date: 12/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Walter Weller,  Giuseppe Patané,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Mozart: Mitridate / Hager, Schreier, Moser, Auger, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1361 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Helen Watts,  Pilar Lorengar,  Peter Baillie  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Dvorak: Requiem, Etc;  Kodély / Kertész, London So, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 468487 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Erzsébet Komlossy,  Robert Ilosfalvy,  Tom Krause,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / McCracken, Lorengar, Merrill, et al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 461141 Release Date: 01/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  James McCracken,  Robert Merrill,  Tom Krause,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Colosseum Boys' Chorus,  Rome Choir Santa Cecilia Academy Chorus  ... 
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  • 45.
    Jewel Song - 20 Great Soprano Arias / Crespin, Freni, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458230 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Kathleen Battle,  Virginia Zeani  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Franco Patanč,  Giuseppe Patané  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Lehár Gala / Paulik, Weller, Holm, Krenn, Lorengar, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436897 Release Date: 04/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Renate Holm,  Werner Krenn
    Conductor:  Anton Paulik,  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Operetta Gala / Weller, Paulik, Holm, Krenn, Lorengar
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436898 Release Date: 04/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Dostal,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Rudolf Kattnigg,  Eduard Künneke  ... 
    Performer:  Renate Holm,  Pilar Lorengar,  Werner Krenn
    Conductor:  Anton Paulik,  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Thunder & Lightning / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460496 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Pilar Lorengar,  Martti Talvela,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  World Orchestra for Peace,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Solti, Burrows, Deutekom
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458213 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar,  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 50.
    The Ultimate Puccini Collection / Pavarotti, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460380 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Montserrat Caballé,  Angela Gheorghiu  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alberto Erede  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra  ... 
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