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Montserrat Caballé

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Spanish
Year of Birth: 1933
Year of Death: 2018

About Montserrat Caballé:

María de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch OIC OAXS OMFRG LH OMIR (Catalan: ; 12 April 1933 – 6 October 2018) was a Spanish operatic soprano. She sang a wide variety of roles, but is best known as an exponent of the works of Verdi and of the bel canto repertoire, notably the works of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. She was noticed internationally when she stepped in for a performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in 1965, and then appeared at leading opera houses. Her voice was described as pure but powerful, with superb control of vocal shadings and exquisite pianissimo.

Caballé became popular to non-classical music audiences in 1987, when she recorded, at the request of the IOC, "Barcelona", a duet with Freddie Mercury, which became an official theme song for the 1992 Olympic Games. She received several international awards and also Grammy Awards for a number of her recordings.

Caballé was born in Barcelona on 12 April 1933. Her family was of humble financial circumstances due to the Civil War. She studied music at the Liceu Conservatory, and singing technique with Napoleone Annovazzi, Eugenia Kemény and Conchita Badía. She graduated with a gold medal in 1954. She subsequently moved to Basel, Switzerland, where she made her professional debut in 1956 as Mimì in Puccini's La bohème. She became part of the Basel Opera company between 1957 and 1959, singing a repertoire that included Mozart (Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte) and Strauss (Salome) in German, unusual for Spanish singers, but which proved useful for her next engagement at the Bremen Opera (1959–1962). In 1961, she starred as Iphigénie in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at the National Theatre of S. Carlos in Lisbon, alongside Raymond Wolansky , Jean Cox, Paul Schöffler and others.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1A stanotte Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.06-2

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Tonio/Nedda
2A tal colpa e nulla il pianto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Renato
3A te o cara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo
4A una fonte afflitto e solo Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo
5Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
6Acerba volutta Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Princess
7Adalgisa alma costanza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
8Addio del passato Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
9Adieu notre petite table Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.10-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Manon
10Adriana che c'e? Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Adriana
11Ah! bello a me ritorna Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
12Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
13Ah! conforto e sol la speme Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gulnara
14Ah! dagli scanni eterei Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lina/Raffaele
15Ah! dagli scanni eterei Popularity:

Opera: AroldoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mina
16Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
17Ah! fuggi da morte Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Poliuto
18Ah! fuggi spietato Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-3

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernesto/Imogene
19Ah! gran Dio morir si giovine Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
20Ah! guarda sorella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
21Ah! je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite
22Ah! l'ultima preghiera Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
23Ah! Lo vedi, che hati tu detto? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.15-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Turiddu
24Ah! Luisa Luisa ove sei? Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Laura/Luisa
25Ah! Madre, se ognor lontano Popularity:

Opera: Lucrezia BorgiaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
26Ah! non credea mirarti Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina
27Ah! non m'hanno ingannata Popularity:

Opera: Giorno di regno, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marchesa
28Ah! non partite Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.29

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso/Fiordiligi
29Ah! non piu a un tempio Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
30Ah! partiamo i miei tormenti Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 1.21

Type: Voice: S Br T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imogene/Ernesto/Gualtiero/Itulbo/Goffredo
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