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
Verdi: Don Carlos / King, Lorengar, Fischer-Dieskau, Sawallisch
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101621   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Bonynge, Bacquier, Horne, Sutherland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448973 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Grant,  Marilyn Horne,  Werner Krenn,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Schubert: Mass No 6;  Bach / Wunderlich, Lorengar, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1111 Release Date: 11/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Betty Allen,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Manfred Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle, Etc / Pavarotti, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 455023 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Leone Magiera,  Vittoria Rosetta,  Mirella Freni,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani  ... 
    Conductor:  Romano Gandolfi,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Cherubini: Medea / Gardelli, Jones, Prevedi, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452611 Release Date: 03/31/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Cherubini
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Dora Carral,  Bruno Prevedi,  Justino Diaz  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Puccini And Pasta
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454723 Release Date: 08/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Montserrat Caballé,  Sylvia McNair,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  John Mauceri,  Giuseppe Patané,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Gluck: Iphigenie En Tauride / Gardelli, Lorengar, Bonisolli
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 52832 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Angelika Nowski,  Alma Jean Smith,  Susanne Klare  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 41.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Opera For Everyone
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443818 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Huguette Tourangeau,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Silvio Varviso,  Giuseppe Patané,  Richard Bonynge,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 42.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Puccini
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443819 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renata Tebaldi,  Pilar Lorengar,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Giuseppe Patané  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Dvorak: Requiem / Kertész, Lorengar, London Symphony
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 421810 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Pilar Lorengar,  Erzsébet Komlossy,  Robert Ilosfalvy
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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