Madrid, Oct 6. -The Teatro Real, one of the most important Spanish cultural institutions, will pay tribute today to soprano Montserrat Caballé, 85, who passed away this Saturday, in a hospital of her beloved Barcelona.
The Opera Coliseum of Madrid deeply regretted the death of Caballé and announced that tonight it will dedicate the performance to Faust, of Charles Gounod, as symbolic tribute to her greatness.
In a communiqué, the emblematic hall directed by Joan Matabosch, previous artistic director of the Barcelona Lyceum, talked about the surprising career of the singer, who he describes as one of the most brilliant in the history of universal lyric interpretation.
Among other things, he stressed the singular beauty of her voice, its great extension, the rich colors palette of her tone and prodigious technique.
“The incredible dramatic plasticity of her vocal interpretations allied to her eagerness for exploring unknown or forgotten works, have put her name in the exclusive gallery of the greatest singers of the second half of the 20th century”, highlighted the text.
The last great gala in tribute to Montserrat Caballé took place at the Teatro Real in December, 2014, in which renowned sopranos linked, in some way, to the notable Barcelona Singer, interpreted pieces that recalled her successes in Madrid.
In this capital, she made her debut in 1967 with La Traviata of Giuseppe Verdi: and Manon Lescaut of Giacomo Puccini; the later, sharing the stage with Alfredo Kraus.
The song “Friends Forever” was unforgettable for millions of fans worldwide and characterized 1992 Olympic Games, held in Barcelona 1992, based in the melody 'Barcelona', recorded in 1988 by Montserrat Caballé together with British rock singer, Freddie Mercury.
Culture and politics world voices praised the figure of the great Catalonian diva and recalled her prolific career, in which she interpreted hundreds of operas and offered more than four thousand performances.
The Minister of Culture, Jose Guirao, referred to Caballé as “the most renowned and important representative of Spanish singing”, endowed with a unique and unrepeatable voice.
For the minister, her loss leaves an enormous orphanage in the world of lyric singing.
She will always be remembered not only for her great opera roles, but for her moving gestures, as when she sang over the ashes of the Barcelona Lyceum, one of the houses in which she developed her career and her life, exulted Guirao.
Awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize of Arts in 1991, Caballé was hospitalized since the middle of September due to problems in her gall bladder she had been suffering for some time.
Her name takes part of opera history, together with other myths as María Callas or Renata Tebaldi. (Taken from Prensa Latina)