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Caballé, Montserrat

Montserrat Caballé (mōnsĕrät´ käbälyā´), 1933–, Spanish soprano, b. Barcelona. After voice study with Eugenia Kemeny and Conchita Badia in Barcelona, she made her operatic debut in Basel, Switzerland, in 1956, singing Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème. She became an overnight success with American audiences in 1965 after singing in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in New York City. That same year she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. Her voice is noted for its purity, precise control, and power. Remarkably active during her long career, Caballé has sung over 80 operatic roles, including the Marschallin in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and the title role in Salomé; recorded more than 30 roles; and sung in all of the world's major opera houses. A superb interpreter of songs, particularly those of her native Spain, she is also noted for her recital performances.

See biography by R. Pullen and S. Taylor (1995).

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Caballé, Montserrat (1933– ) Spanish soprano. She made her operatic debut as Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème (1957) at Basle Opera, Switzerland. Her performance (1965) in the title role of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall, New York City, established her reputation as a prima domma. Later that year, Caballé made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. A versatile performer, her dramatic power and clear voice also found expression in the operas of Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Wagner, and Strauss. Her duet with rock singer Freddie Mercury was the anthem of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

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Caballé, Montserrat (b Barcelona, 1933). Sp. soprano. Concert début Barcelona 1954, opera début Basle 1956, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. La Scala début 1960; Amer. début (Mexico City) 1962; Glyndebourne 1965; NY Met 1965; CG 1972; Salzburg Fest. 1987 (recital).

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