Monday, 22 October, 2018


Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dead at 85

Hannah Rogers | 07 October, 2018, 07:39

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said a "a great ambassador of our country has died".

"Of all the sopranos I've heard live in the theater, I've never heard anyone singing like Caballe", Carreras said in an interview with Catalunya Radio.

"Montserrat Caballe, her voice and her tenderness, will always stay with us", he added.

Her voice was described by her fans as inspirational, legendary and not of this world.

Barcelona's Liceo opera house, where Caballe performed over 200 times, and Venice's Teatro La Fenice also published tweets lamenting her loss.

During her carrer, Montserrat starred in 90 opera roles with almost 4,000 stage performances.

Caballe's big break came in 1965 when she stepped in for another singer in the notoriously hard role of Lucrezia Borgia in Donizetti's opera in NY.

Caballe released the song "Barcelona" with the Queen frontman Mercury in 1987 and it was used again during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a year after Mercury's death.

"The Spanish soprano sang with us on a number of occasions between 1972 and 1992 and inspired millions over the course of her career with her stunning voice", it said in a statement on Twitter.

In 2015, Caballe was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for tax fraud.

Born in April 1933 to a humble family in Barcelona, Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepcion Caballé i Folc studied music at the Liceu Conservatory in the Catalan capital.

She was admired around the world for her versatility and as one of the greatest opera stars to have graced the stage.

Caballe is survived by her husband, Bernabe Marti, an opera singer whom she married in 1964, and their two children Monsterrat Marti and Bernabe Marti Jr.

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