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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Dvorak: Requiem, Mass In D / Kertesz, Lorengar, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 4480892 Release Date: 12/04/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Nicholas Cleobury,  Andrew Giles,  Alan Byers,  Neil Ritchie  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Verdi: La Traviata (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4501012 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Giacomo Aragall,  Virgilio Carbonari,  Giovanni Foiani  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    The Essential 3 Tenors / Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 21273 Release Date: 07/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Giacomo Aragall,  Juan Pons,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Daniel Oren,  Edward Downes,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Seville Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Entre Dos Mundos / Placido Domingo
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 48479 Release Date: 07/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Manuel Alejandro,  Armando Manzanero  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Pilar Lorengar,  Julio Iglesias  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Lee Holdridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 63.
    The Best Of Rossini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67440 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Franck Pourcel,  Mady Mesplé,  Jane Berbié  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Ericson,  Karl Forster,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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  • 64.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Sir Georg Solti, Chicago So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430792 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Stuart Burrows,  Martti Talvela,  Pilar Lorengar
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Fritz Wunderlich - The Great German Tenor
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62993 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Adolf Neuendorff,  Carl Heins,  Leo Fall  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Melitta Muszely,  Liselotte Schmidt,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray,  Werner Eisbrenner,  Carl Michalski,  Hans Moltkau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  FFB Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    The Solti Collection - Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Lorengar, Minton, Burrows, Talvela
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430438 Release Date: 05/10/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Martti Talvela,  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice / Solti, Horne, Lorengar, Donath
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 417410 Release Date: 05/23/1989   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Marilyn Horne,  Helen Donath
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Rossini: Stabat Mater / Lorengar, Minton, Pavarotti, Kertesz
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177662 Release Date: 08/25/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Yvonne Minton,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Hans Sotin
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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