Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85
Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85
The singer's death was confirmed early on Saturday morning Credit REUTERS Victor Fraile File
07 October, 2018, 07:37
The Spanish news agency Efe announced on Saturday morning that she had died at St Pau hospital in Barcelona, according to hospital sources.
Montserrat had been staying in the Barcelona hospital since September after entering because of a gall bladder problem.
She released the song "Barcelona" with the Queen frontman in 1987 - and it was used again during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a year after Mercury's death.
Spanish President Pedro Sanchez paid tribute to Caballé on Saturday, saying on Twitter that Spain had lost "a great ambassador of our country, a soprano recognised internationally".
Barcelona's Liceo opera house, where Caballe performed over 200 times, and Venice's Teatro La Fenice also published tweets lamenting her loss.
Her voice was noted for its purity, precise control and power using superb technique and vocal shadings, as well as pianissimos, which were inspired by Spanish operatic tenor Miguel Fleta.
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She began in the Swiss city in 1956, as Mimi in La Bohème, then joined the Bremen Opera, where she sang from 1959 to 1962, in a wide variety of roles.
Her success led to her debut that same year at the Metropolitan Opera, as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust.
Her first worldwide hit was in NY at Carnegie Hall, with her portrayal of Lucrezia Borgia of Donizati replacing the main mezzo-soprano Marilyn Home.
She leaves behind her husband, fellow opera star Bernabe Marti, to whom she was married for over 50 years, and two children, including classical singer Montserrat Marti.
Her last performance took place in the Catalan town of Cambrills in August of 2014.
She was ordered to pay €254,000 and accepted a six-month suspended jail sentence as part of a deal with prosectors.
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