Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Opera icon Montserrat Caballe, who duetted with Freddie Mercury on Barcelona, dies

Opera icon Montserrat Caballe, who duetted with Freddie Mercury on Barcelona, dies

Caballe made a global splash when "Barcelona", her song with Queen singer Freddie Mercury, became the anthem for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Renowned for her performances of Italian opera, she also worked with the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Her funeral is due to take place on Monday.

"The Spanish soprano sang with us on a number of occasions between 1972 and 1992 and inspired millions over the course of her career with her stunning voice", it said in a statement on Twitter.

Spanish President Pedro Sanchez paid tribute to Caballe on Saturday, saying on Twitter that Spain had lost "a great ambassador of our country, a soprano recognised internationally". "Her voice and her kindness will always remain with us".

Caballe was considered one of the finest modern exponents of the "bel canto repertoire", Spain's Culture Minister Jose Guirao said on Saturday.

Her career spanned 50 years.

Wider worldwide recognition came in 1965, when she appeared in a performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in NY. Caballé never aspired to be a great actress - her old-school plastique was the despair of many an opera director - but she was...

In 2015, Caballe was convicted of tax fraud and was given a suspended sentence of six months in prison, which she avoided since first convictions resulting in sentences of less than two years in Spain can be suspended by a judge.

Her performance that night catapulted her the world stardom throughout the opera scene.

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