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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
241Ma quando tornerai Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
242Lontano lontano lontano Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Margherita
243Teneri figli Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
244Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
245Dove son? Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Fiordiligi/Alfonso
246Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
247Piangi fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
248Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
249Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
250Dolce notte! Quante stelle Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
251Lo sognai ferito esangue Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imogene
252Di tale amor che dirsi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

253Traditor la mia rival Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Radames
254Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
255Di scrivermi ogni giorno Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: quintetVoice: S Mz Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Alfonso
256Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
257Fine al rito Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
258Non sono in vena! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Rodolfo
259Di cor mio quanto t'amai Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
260Ancor non giunse Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa
261Giusto cielo Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Princess/Michonnet
262Me pellegrina ed orfana Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
263Il suon dell arpe angeliche Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.08

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

Roles: Paolina/Poliuto/Severo/Callistene
264Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
265Mein Elemer Popularity:

Opera: ArabellaComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: aria,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Arabella
266Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
267Sai com'arde in petto mio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Elvira
268Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
269Soli noi siamo Popularity:

Opera: Lucrezia BorgiaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucrezia Borgia/Alfonso D'Este
270Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
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