"I want to leave quietly. I don't want public announcements, or wakes, or anything. I came into the world and nobody found out, so I want the same thing when I leave." This is what he left mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza saying before she died. And she chose a particular piece for her farewell: Rossini's Addio performed by herself singing, in the fullness of her coloratura.
And along with these words, the family has sent a video in which while images of her performances throughout her life follow one another, she is heard singing the Addio by Rossini, a composer who was instrumental in the worldwide launch of his fame. The Madrilenian born in 1933 has died at the age of 89.