Teresa Zylis-Gara, huge Polish soprano, died at the age of 91

Considered one of the greatest singers of the second half of the 20e century, the Polish soprano Teresa Zylis-Gara died this Saturday, August 28 at the age of 91. The Warsaw National Opera greeted a singer ” incomparable with the bewitching tone that conquered audiences in concert halls and opera houses all over the world ”.

Teresa Zylis-Gara debuted on stage in Krakow

« I had a revelation. She sang the same notes as the others, but it was as if she was looking under the notes, what one could find there of human, of experiences, of joy. Only Teresa could do that, she was a big star ”. Polish tenor Wieslaw Ochman spoke with emotion on Polish radio about the disappearance at the age of 91 of soprano Teresa Zylis-Gara.

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Born in 1930 in Landwarow (now Lentvaris in Lithuania) Teresa Zylis-Gara studied, from the age of 9, at the Higher Music School in Lodz. After winning the first prize in the 1954 Polish Young Singers Competition in Warsaw, she made her debut at the Krakow Opera in 1956. In 1962, she signed a contract with the Dortmund Opera and began an international career which had left her behind. will see singing on the biggest stages in the world, from 1966 at the Opéra Garnier then in London, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Moscow, at the Met in New York (for 12 years) or even in Buenos Aires.

Teresa Zylis-Gara sang with the greatest, from Luciano Pavarotti to Placido Domingo

Renowned for her interpretations in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi, Teresa Zylis-Gara also excelled in the roles of the greatest opera such as those of Donna Elvira of Mozart’s Don Juan or Elisabeth in Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner or Marguerite de Faust by Charles Gounod. She had for partners the most illustrious singers of the time, from Carlo Bergonzi to Placido Domingo, including José Carreras, Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti or Ruggero Raimondi. In 1980, Teresa Zylis-Gara moved to Monaco before joining Lodz where she passed away.

Philippe Gault

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