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date: 08 April 2020

Caballé, Montserratlocked

  • Alan Blyth

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(b Barcelona, April 12, 1933; d Barcelona, Oct 6, 2018). Spanish soprano. She studied for 12 years at the Barcelona Conservatory, with (among others) Eugenia Kemmeny and Napoleone Annovazzi, winning the 1954 Liceo gold medal. She joined the Basle Opera in 1956; in three years she built up an impressive repertory, including Pamina, Tosca, Aida, Marta in d’Albert’s Tiefland, and Strauss’s Arabella, Chrysothemis, and Salome. In 1959 she sang her first Violetta and Tatyana, at Bremen, and the heroines of Dvořák’s Armida and Rusalka. At La Scala the next year she first appeared as one of Klingsor’s flowermaidens (Parsifal); a gradually widening international career took her to Vienna, back to Barcelona, to Lisbon, and, in 1964, to Mexico City (as Massenet’s Manon). In 1965 she replaced Horne at short notice in a New York concert Lucrezia Borgia, and achieved overnight stardom. After that many Donizetti operas were mounted for her (notably ...

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