Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Montserrat Caballe dies at 85 years old in Barcelona

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Herman Weaver | 07 October, 2018, 07:40

"She died overnight at the Sant Pau hospital", the hospital source told AFP.

The "Gran Teatre del Liceu" opera house in Barcelona, where Caballe performed more than 200 times, described her as "one of the most important sopranos in history".

Montserrat had been staying in the Barcelona hospital since September after entering because of a gall bladder problem.

Condolences poured in from the world of opera and Spain's highest authorities.

Spain's royal family called her "the great lady of the opera, a legend of universal culture, the best among the best".

Spanish President Pedro Sanchez paid tribute to Caballe on Saturday, saying on Twitter that Spain had lost "a great ambassador of our country, a soprano recognised internationally".

"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.

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Known for her tone, stunning control, and ability to master new parts, Caballe gained popularity for her down-to-earth personality and light-hearted demeanor.

Caballe's nearly 60-year worldwide career took her from Basel to NY and beyond.

Born to a working-class Catalan family, Montserrat Caballe, who was named after a local monastery, received a first-class musical education.

Her performance that night catapulted her the world stardom throughout the opera scene.

She went on to study opera in Milan and in 1956 joined the Basel Opera and played her first major role that year in the city's Staatstheater as Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme".

In 1964, Caballe gave a highly praised performance of Jules Masenet's "Manon" in Mexico City, but it was a year later in NY that a lucky break launched her on the road to global stardom.

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