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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
1Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
2Tu sciagurato! Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imogene/Gualtiero
3Nessun v'ha visto? Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.01

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda
4Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia
5Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
6Manon senti amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
7Un grido io sento Popularity:

Opera: Straniera, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.26

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alaide
8La tomba e un letto sparso di fiori Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
9Surta e la notte Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
10Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
11Ieri son salita tutta sola Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
12Dio che mi vedi in core Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanna
13Gia mi pasco ne tuoi sguardi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione
14Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
15Sento o Dio che questo piede Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Alfonso
16Mario su presto! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Sciarrone
17Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
18Va preparati furente Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: sextetVoice: S Br Mz B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Cecil/Anna/Giorgio Talbot/Maria/Roberto
19So ch'ella dorme Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Adriana
20Teneste la promessa Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
21Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella
22Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
23Che mai si fa nel suol francese Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Eboli/Rodrigue
24Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
25Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
26Squallida veste e bruna Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: Voice: Mz B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
27Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
28Ah! quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
29Non piangere idol mio Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Dorabella/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Fiordiligi
30Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
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