Great Opera Singer Montserrat Caballe Dies Aged 85
Montserrat Caballe is shown in this picture posing for the photographers during a press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hamburg, on Sept. 21, 2005 – Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Europe.
Montserrat Caballe, the opera singer who duetted on Barcelona with Freddie Mercury, has died aged 85. The collaboration featured at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, after the Queen frontman’s death.
Mercury and the Spanish soprano, who starred in 90 opera roles and has been hailed for “inspiring millions” with her voice, first released the anthem in 1987.
Montserrat Caballe, who had been in hospital since September, was known for her bel canto technique.
The Royal Opera House said it was “saddened” to hear of the death of Montserrat Caballe, who was born into a working class family in Barcelona and was singing Bach cantatas at the age of seven.
“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.
Queen guitarist Brian May paid tribute on Instagram, writing: “RIP dear Montsy – inspiration to us all but especially to Freddie. Your beautiful voice will be with us forever.”
Tenor Jose Carreras told Catalunya Radio that the world of opera had lost its “best soprano”, saying: “Of all the sopranos that I have heard live, I have never heard anyone like Montserrat.”
Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed Caballe’s death to the Associated Press.
Montserrat Caballe was admitted to hospital because of a gall bladder problem, Spanish media said.
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