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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
1Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
2Squallida veste e bruna Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: Voice: Mz B BrLanguage: Italian

3Rosetta! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Lescaut/Manon/Chevalier
4Non 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
5Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
6Quel nome! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù/Calaf/Turandot
7Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
8Deh! con te li prendi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
9Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Ferrando
10Or dunque Abate Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Prince/The Abbé/Jouvenot/Dangeville/Quinault/Poisson
11Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

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

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
12Tu m'apristi in cor ferita Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04-1

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernesto/Imogene
13Né sulla terra creatura alcuna Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gulnara
14La commedia e graziosa Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Ferrando/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
15O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
16Deh! tu di un umile preghiera Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.14

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Anna
17Il 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
18Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
19Per dirupi e per foreste Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giselda/Oronte
20Carlo che sol il nostro amore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: recitative,trioVoice: Br Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Eboli/Elisabeth
21Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
22Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
23Quando rapito in estasi Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia
24Come una mosca prigioniera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
25Piangi fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
26Che gelida manina Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
27In questa reggia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot
28Sovra il sen la man mi posa Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina
29Giusto ciel Popularity:

Opera: Maometto IIComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: Voice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

30Non venni mai si mesto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Elisabetta
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