Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

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Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe performs during a concert in Santander in 2006Picture copyright
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Opera singer Montserrat Caballé, whose duet with Freddie Mercury grew to become the signature tune of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, has died aged 85.

She had been affected by well being complaints for a while and was admitted to hospital in Barcelona final month, based on information company Efe.

Her profession spanned 50 years.

She had stints with the Basel Opera and Bremen Opera earlier than her worldwide breakthrough in 1965 in Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Corridor in New York.

She went on to carry out with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Vienna State Opera, showing reverse the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.

The tune Barcelona was first launched in 1987 and later grew to become an anthem for the town’s 1992 Olympics, the 12 months after Mercury died. Caballé sang on the opening ceremony with Domingo and José Carreras.

Magnificence and drama

Montserrat Caballé was born in Barcelona, and on the age of 9 was accepted for coaching on the metropolis’s Conservatori Liceu.

She graduated in 1953, and went to Italy, the place she sang some minor roles.

Her profession superior quickly after a profitable look as Mimi in La Bohème on the Swiss State Opera in Basel. In 1965 she made a triumphant debut in the US, taking up the title function – at quick discover – of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Corridor.

Her efficiency introduced widespread reward for the fantastic thing about her voice and her dramatic interpretation, and established her as a world star.

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Caballé performing in Vienna in 1979

The identical 12 months she appeared at Glyndebourne in Der Rosenkavalier and The Marriage of Figaro, however she waited one other seven years for her Covent Backyard debut – as Violetta in La Traviata.

A brief however imposing determine, Caballé endeared herself to audiences all over the world together with her irrepressible character. Her followers referred to as her La Superba – the very good one.

Her profession was dogged by unwell well being. In 1985 she spent three months in hospital with a mind tumour, and had therapy for coronary heart hassle in 1993.

In 2015, she was given a six-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.

Spanish media say plans are being made for a funeral in Barcelona on Monday.

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