Montserrat Caballé, a Spanish opera singer who once worked with Freddie Mercury of Queen on the 1992 Barcelona Olympic theme song, has passed away at the age of 85.
Caballé had been ill since having a stroke in 2012. Her inflammation of the gallbladder was given as the cause of death.
Bernabé Marti, a Spanish tenor, was Caballé’s wife. They have two youngsters. Monserrat Marti, one of the daughters, is also an opera singer.
In 1987, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé collaborated on the song “Barcelona.” On Queen’s Greatest Hits III, it was featured. In a 1986 Spanish interview, he had expressed interest in meeting her.
Caballé suggested she record the song with Freddie when Spain was selected to host the 1992 Summer Olympics. An entire album was created during the sessions.
Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran, who plays the piano in the music video, collaborated on the song “Barcelona.” In Spain, Montserrat Caballé received the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise in 1975 as well as the Dame Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in 1966. In 2011, she received a doctorate from the University of Barcelona.
Additionally, she received Grammy Awards in 1966 for Rossini Rarities, 1968 for Puccini’s “La bohème,” and 1974 for Mozart’s “Cos fan Tutte.”
More Information About Her Life
Mara de Montserrat Bibiana Concepción Caballé I Folch, better known by her full name Montserrat Caballé, grew up in a former middle-class family that experienced financial hardships during the Spanish Civil War and the Great Depression of the 1930s.
At the age of 13, her parents were able to enroll her in the Conservatorio del Liceo, where she got instruction that allowed her to continue performing professionally for a long time without experiencing vocal quality decline, according to Aljazeera.
Her 1965 performance in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in New York brought her widespread notoriety on a global scale and a 25-minute standing ovation.
She was also praised for her roles in the operas by Richard Strauss, Gaetano Donizetti, and Giuseppe Verdi.
The opera singer had two children—Montserrat Marti and Bernabe Marti—after she married Spanish tenor Bernabe Marti in 1964.
The photo below, taken in Barcelona, Spain in 2011, shows Caballé standing with her granddaughter Daniela, who is the child of Montserrat Marti and Daniel Faidella.
Google Doodle Remembers Opera Star
On April 12, 2022, in remembrance of the day she would have been 89, Google temporarily changed the logo on its home pages to honor the famous Montserrat Caballé.
Learn more about the singer via Google’s Doodle here.
The Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, 85, has passed away. She collaborated with Queen’s Freddie Mercury on the 1992 Barcelona Olympic theme song.
Since 2012, when Caballé had a stroke, he had been ill. A gallbladder infection was recorded as the official reason for her death.
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