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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
1Allor che i forti corrono Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.04

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Attila
2Quant'e grato all'alma mia Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
3Divinites du Styx Popularity:

Opera: AlcesteComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Alceste
4O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
5Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
6Chacun le sait Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Marie
7Ich will deinen Mund küssen! Popularity:

Opera: SalomeComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Salome
8Perche mai destin crudele Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norfolk/Elisabetta
9Se come voi piccina io fossi Popularity:

Opera: Villi, LeComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
10Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella
11Oh! patria dolce e ingrata Popularity:

Opera: TancrediComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tancredi
12Qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Norfolk/Elisabetta
13Mein Elemer Popularity:

Opera: ArabellaComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: aria,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Arabella
14Signori ecco una lettera Popularity:

Opera: Viaggio a Reims, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: Voice: T cA S BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
15Il est doux il est bon Popularity:

Opera: HérodiadeComposer: MassenetAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Salomé
16Liberamente or piangi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella
17Popolo di Pekino Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: A Mandarin/Liù
18Il Principe di Bouillon Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.02

Type: septetVoice: Br B T T B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Quinault/Poisson/The Abbé/Prince/Jouvenot/Dangeville
19Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
20Non so le tetre immagini Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Medora
21Come in quest ora bruna Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)
22Tu che accendi questo core Popularity:

Opera: TancrediComposer: RossiniAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tancredi
23Il giorno intorno Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena/Carlo/Comtesse
24Questa e la cameriera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-2

Type: Voice: T T Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Pinkerton/Suzuki/Cio-Cio/Sharpless
25Ruhe sanft mein holdes Leben Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Zaide
26E cantan su lor tombe Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda
27All afflitto e dolce il pianto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
28Si vuol di Francia il Rege Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
29Perduta la battaglia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
30Vilja O Vilja Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Witwe, DieComposer: LéharAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Valencienne
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