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Birth: Apr 12, 1933 in Barcelona, Spain
Genre: Opera
Country: Spain

Montserrat Caballe's career, which began with a legendary lucky break, would eventually make her one of Spain's greatest sopranos - equaled in status and reputation only by her fellow Barcelonian, Victoria de los Angeles.

Her full birth name is Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepcion Caballe i Folch. She is named after the famous Catalan monastery of Montserrat. It is said that her parents feared that they would lose her and vowed that if she were born alive and well they would christen her with the monastery's name.

She learned singing at her convent school; at the age of eight, she entered the Conservatorio del Liceo in Barcelona. Her most important teachers were Eugenia Kenny, Conchita Badea, and Napoleone Annovazzi. When she graduated in 1954, she won the Liceo's Gold Medal.

Caballe made her professional debut in Madrid in the oratorio El pesebre (The Manger) by the great Catalan cellist Pau (Pablo) Casals. She then went to Italy, where she received a few minor roles at various houses.

In 1956, she joined the Basle Opera; she was working her way through the smaller roles when one of the principal singers took ill and she took over the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme. Her unqualified success in that part led to promotion to starring roles, including Pamina (The Magic Flute), Puccini's Tosca, Verdi's Aida, Marta in Eugene d'Albert's Tiefland, and the Richard Strauss roles of Arabella, Chrysothemis (Elektra), and Salome.

She steadily gained a European reputation, singing in Bremen, Milan, Vienna, Barcelona, and Lisbon, taking such diverse roles as Violetta (La Traviata), Tatiana (Yevgeny Onegin), Dvorak's Armida and Rusalka, and Marie in Berg's Wozzeck. She debuted at La Scala in 1960 as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal. She sang in Mexico City in 1964 as Massenet's Manon.

In April 20, 1965, on extremely short notice, she substituted for the indisposed Marilyn Horne in a concert performance in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, achieving a thunderous success and "overnight" super-stardom. She became one of the leading figures in the revival of interest in the bel canto operas of Bellini and Donizetti, many of which were staged especially for her. Caballe's performances as Elizabeth I (Roberto Devereaux) and that monarch's rival Mary Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda) are legendary. In 1971, she sang a memorable concert performance of Maria Stuarda in which her fellow Barcelonian Jose Carreras made his London debut, and after that she helped advance his career. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1965 as Marguerite in Faust.

Caballe's career has centered around Verdi's important dramatic roles, but has also embraced the Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), the Countess (Marriage of Figaro), and Queen Isabella (in the premiere of Leonardo Balada's Cristobal Colon in Barcelona in 1989).

Caballe has had unusual crossover success. In addition to singing on two tracks on an album by New Age composer Vangelis, she is famous for collaborating with the late Freddie Mercury of the rock group Queen, who wrote Exercises in Free Love for her. She appeared on his hit album Barcelona. That album and its primary single rose high on the pop charts.

In 1964, she married Spanish tenor Bernabe Marti. They have two children, Bernabe Marti, Jr. and Montserrat Marti, who is herself a succesful soprano. In 1997, Caballe co-founded an important annual vocal competition in the Principality of Andorra, the Concurs Internacional de Cant Montserrat Caballe. She conducts master classes in conjunction with that competition.

- Joseph Stevenson (All Music Guide)

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Montserrat Caballe was born in Barcelona on 12 April 1933. She has become Spain's greatest living soprano. She trained for 12 years at the Barcelona Liceo and won the Liceo gold medal in 1954.

Joining Basel Opera in 1956 she built up an impressive repertory of roles, Tosca, Aida, Arabella and Salome. Between 1956 and 1965 she sang with a number of European Houses, Bremen, La Scala, Vienna, Barcelona, Lisbon and then to Mexico City in 1964 as Massenet's Manon. She acheived overnight stardom in New York in 1965 replacing Marilyn Horne at short notice in a concert performance of Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia".

Since that time she has been sought after by Houses throughout the world and has revived many rare Donizetti operas, both in concert and in the opera house. Her many recordings are listed on this site.

Montserrat Caballe is one of the few operatic singers to have had a pop record on the charts. Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, was a fan of her work and it on meeting her they sang at the piano all night. He had written a piece for her,"Exercisesin Free Love", which she performed live for the first time as a surprise at a recital in London, in his presence. They became firm friends and the album Barcelona ws recorded with lyrics by Tim Rice amoingst others. The single from the album charted twice in the UK and was a success the world over bringing new fans to this remarkable woman.

Her voice has a creaminess and power which is unsurpassed. Her ability to float a note pianissimo is unrivaled. She is considered to have become the leading Verdi and Donizetti soprano of her time.

In 1964 she married Bernabe Marti and is mother to Montserrat Marti, who is now a soprano in her own right, and her son Bernabe Jnr. Montserrat Caballe has also helped the career of Jose Carreras who sang tenor with her on a number of occasions, he is to Montserrat what Lucianno Pavarotti was to Dame Joan Sutherland.

She has brought the world of opera to a youthful audience and has brought Zarzuela and Spanish songs to an international audience. Throughout her career she has been plagued by ill health and marked by controversy she has retained a warmth and good humour. Montserrat Caballe is one of the world's greatest proponents of Opera.

www.cygnet.co.uk/caballe/biog.htm

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Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepcion Caballe i Folch

Montserrat Caballe was born in Barcelona on 12 April 1933. She has become Spain's greatest living soprano. She trained for 12 years at the Barcelona Liceo and won the Liceo gold medal in 1954.

Joining Basel Opera in 1956 she built up an impressive repertory of roles, Tosca, Aida, Arabella and Salome. Between 1956 and 1965 she sang with a number of European Houses, Bremen, La Scala, Vienna, Barcelona, Lisbon and then to Mexico City in 1964 as Massenet's Manon. She achieved overnight stardom in New York in 1965 replacing Marilyn Horne at short notice in a concert performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia.

Since that time she has been sought after by Houses throughout the world and has revived many rare Donizetti operas, both in concert and in the opera house.

Montserrat Caballe is one of the few operatic singers to have had a pop record on the charts. Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, was a fan of her work and it on meeting her they sang at the piano all night. He had written a piece for her, Exercises in free love, which she performed live for the first time as a surprise at a recital in London, in his presence. They became firm friends and the album Barcelona was recorded with lyrics by Tim Rice amongst others. The single from the album charted twice in the UK and was a success the world over bringing new fans to this remarkable woman.

Her voice has a creaminess and power which is unsurpassed. Her ability to float a note pianissimo is unrivaled. She is considered to have become the leading Verdi and Donizetti soprano of her time.

In 1964 she married Bernabe Marti. She is mother to Montserrat Marti, who is now a soprano in her own right, and her son Bernabe Jr. Montserrat Caballe has also helped the career of Jose Carreras who sang tenor with her on a number of occasions, he is to Montserrat what Lucianno Pavarotti was to Dame Joan Sutherland.

She has brought the world of opera to a youthful audience and has brought Zarzuela and Spanish songs to an international audience. Throughout her career she has been plagued by ill health and marked by controversy she has retained a warmth and good humour. Montserrat Caballe is one of the world's greatest proponents of opera.

www.divasthesite.com/Singing_Divas/Stories/Bio_Montserrat_Caballe.htm


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www.divasthesite.com/Singing_Divas/Montserrat_Caballe.htm Biography, discography
www.unbeldi.com/cover_trans.html Personal website. Biography, discography, links
www.tonnel.ru/?l=gzl&uid=1002&op=bio Биография, творчество [ru]
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat_Caballe About from 'wikipedia'
ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кабалье,_Монсеррат О исполнителе из 'википедии' [ru]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat_Caballe About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кабалье,_Монсеррат О исполнителе из 'мобильной википедии' [mobile] [ru]
   
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
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 Montserrat Caballe - 'Friends For Life' - 1998, BMG
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Vincenzo Bellini - 'Norma' - 2001, Витаком, 100 великих опер
 Gaetano Donizetti - 'Lucrezia Borgia' - 1967, Витаком, 100 великих опер
  как соисполнитель ...
 Arrigo Boito - 'Mefistofele' - 1973, EMI
 


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