Montserrat Caballé (soprano)

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Legal name: María de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch

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María de Montserrat Bibiana Concepción Caballé i Folch or Folc (12 April 1933 – 6 October 2018), known simply as Montserrat Caballé (i Folch), was a Spanish operatic soprano from Catalonia. Widely considered to be one of the best sopranos of the 20th century, she won a variety of musical awards thoroughout her six-decade career, including three Grammy Awards.

She performed a wide variety of roles, but is best known as an exponent of the works of Verdi and of the bel canto repertoire, notably the works of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. She was noticed internationally when she stepped in for a performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in 1965, and then appeared at leading opera houses. Her voice was described as pure but powerful, with superb control of vocal shadings and exquisite pianissimo.

Caballé is also known for her 1987 duet with Freddie Mercury, "Barcelona", recorded at the request of the International Olympic Committee for the 1992 Olympic Games. The two felt mutual admiration for each other and developed a close friendship.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1967A Richard Strauss Song RecitalRichard Strauss; Montserrat Caballé, Miguel Zanetti1
1968Zarzuela Love DuetsMontserrat Caballé, Bernabé Martí1
1970Monsterrat Caballé: Puccini AriasPuccini; Montserrat Caballé, London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras3
1971Don Carlo (1970 studio cast, 5 acts, in Italian)Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Ruggero Raimondi, Shirley Verrett, Sherrill Milnes, Giovanni Foiani, Simon Estes, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Carlo Maria Giulini7
1971Il pirataVincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Bernabé Martí, Piero Cappuccilli, Ruggero Raimondi, Orchestra e Coro della Radiotelevisione Italiana, Roma, Gianandrea Gavazzeni2
1973Giovanna d’ArcoGiuseppe Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, James Levine53
1973Norma (1972 studio cast)Vincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Fiorenza Cossotto, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Felice Cillario53
1973Turandot (1972 studio cast)Puccini; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballé, Ghiaurov, Krause, Pears, John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta5
1974Aida (1974 studio cast)Giuseppe Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti14
1975Presenting Montserrat CaballeMontserrat Caballé1
1977Debussy: La Damoiselle Elue / Chausson: Poème de L'Amour et de la Mer [Caballé]Claude Debussy; Ernest Chausson; Montserrat Caballé, Wyn Morris, Symphonica of London & Janet Coster3
1978Verdi FavoritesMontserrat Caballé1
1980I puritaniVincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Kraus, Julia Hamari, Matteo Manuguerra, Agostino Ferrin, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti4
1982Il turco in Italia (1981 studio cast)Rossini; Samuel Ramey, Montserrat Caballé, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, Ernesto Palacio, Paulo Barbacini, Jane Berbié, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Riccardo Chailly3
1984Andrea Chénier (1982-84 studio cast)Umberto Giordano; Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Leo Nucci, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly1
1985MefistofeleArrigo Boito; Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero de Fabritiis1
1986Tosca (1976 studio cast)Puccini; Montserrat Caballé. José Carreras. Ingvar Wixell, Chorus & Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis7
1987Cançó d'amor i de guerraRafael Martínez Valls;Montserrat Caballé,Vicens Sardinero,Josep Ma. Carreras,Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona,Antoni Ros‐Marbà1
1988BarcelonaFreddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé4.5516
1988Luisa Miller (1975 studio cast)Verdi; Pavarotti, Caballé, Milnes, Giaiotti, Reynolds, van Allan, National Philharmonic, Maag3
1988Norma (1984 studio cast)Vincenzo Bellini; Orchestra and Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Samuel Ramey1
1989SalomeStrauss; Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, Richard Lewis, Regina Resnik, James King, London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf2
1989Il CorsaroVerdi; Caballé, Norman, Carreras, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli2
1989I masnadieri (1975 studio cast)Giuseppe Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli, Ruggero Raimondi, Ambrosian Singers, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli1
1989Lucrezia BorgiaGaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus, Ezio Flagello, Jonel Perlea3
1990Cantate : Clovis et Clotilde / Symphonie “Roma”Bizet; M. Caballé, G. Garino, B. Martinovich, Orchestre national de Lille, Jean‐Claude Casadesus2
1990La bohème (1973 studio cast)Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Judith Blegen, Vicente Sardinero, Ruggero Raimondi, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti5
1990Un ballo in maschera (1978 studio cast)Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Patricia Payne, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis2
1991Grandes intérpretes - AriasMontserrat Caballé1
1992From the Official Barcelona Games CeremonyDomingo, Carreras, Caballé with Aragall, Berganza, Pons3
1992The CollectionMontserrat Caballé1
1993Grandes Cantantes Líricos EspañolesJosé Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus & Pilar Lorengar1
1993Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana / Leoncavallo: I PagliacciPietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Matteo Manuguerra, Julia Hamari, Astrid Varnay, Renata Scotto, Ugo Benelli, Sir Thomas Allen, Leslie Fyson, Kari Nurmela2
1994Hijo de la lunaMontserrat Caballé1
1994Manon Lescaut (1971 studio cast)Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Noel Mangin, Vicente Sardinero, Bruno Bartoletti2
1995Two Voices One Heart-1993Montserrat Caballé2
1995Faust (Extraits)Charles Gounod; Montserrat Caballé, Giacomo Aragall1
1995Grandi VociMontserrat Caballé1
1995Lucia di Lammermoor (1976 recording)Gaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Samuel Ramey, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos2
1996Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: Chichester Psalms / Symphony no. 3 "Kaddish"Bernstein; Wiener Jeunesse-Chor, Vienna Boy's Choir, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, Montserrat Caballé, Michael Wager1
1996Our Christmas SongsMontserrat Caballé & Montserrat Martí2
1997Pagliacci (1971 studio cast)Leoncavallo; Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, Barry McDaniel, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Nello Santi1
1997Friends for LifeMontserrat Caballé1
1997MefistofeleBoito; Treigle, Domingo, Caballé, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel1
1998Eloquence - Ein Abend mit Montserrat CaballeMontserrat Caballé1
1998Guillaume Tell (1972 studio cast)Gioachino Rossini; Gabriel Bacquier, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Gedda, Mady Mesplé, Kolos Kovacs, Gwynne Howell, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli53
1998Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana / Leoncavallo: PagliacciMascagni, Leoncavallo; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Renata Scotto, Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti3
1999La Gioconda (1979 recording)Ponchielli; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Matteo Manuguerra, Jesús López Cobos1
1999La Gioconda (1981 studio cast)Amilcare Ponchielli; Montserrat Caballé, Luciano Pavarotti, Agnes Baltsa, Alfreda Hodgson, Sherrill Milnes, John del Carlo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Neil Jenkins, Stephen Varcoe, Geoffrey Shaw, Rodney Macann; National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Opera Chorus, Bruno Bartoletti2
1999La traviataGiuseppe Verdi; Montserrat Caballé, Carlo Bergonzi, Sherrill Milnes, Dorothy Krebill, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Georges Prêtre1
1999Roberto DevereuxGaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé; José Carreras; Julius Rudel1
2001Songs of the Spanish Renaissance, Vol. 1Montserrat Caballé3
2005Mefistofele (1982 studio cast)Arrigo Boito; Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero de Fabritiis51
2006Strauss: Scenes from “Salome“ / 5 Lieder / Boito: Prologue from “Mefistofele”R. Strauss, Boito; Montserrat Caballé, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Leonard Bernstein2
2006Montserrat Caballé - French Opera AriasMontserrat Caballé1
2009Cristóbal ColónLeonardo Balada; José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Theo Alcántara1
2014SalomeRichard Strauss; Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, Richard Lewis, Regina Resnik, James King, Erich Leinsdorf, London Symphony Orchestra1
2017Gemma di VergyDonizetti; Montserrat Caballé, Paul Plishka, Luis Lima, Louis Quilico, Schola Cantorum, Opera Orchestra Of New York, Eve Queler1
Adriana LecouvreurCilea; Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Gianfranco Masini1
Donizetti RaritiesDonizetti; Montserrat Caballé1
In mir klingt ein LiedMontserrat Caballé1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1974Love Duets from Giovanna d'Arco · Don Carlo · Mefistofele · Manon LescautVerdi, Boito, Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo51
1983Montserrat Caballé sings WagnerRichard Wagner; Montserrat Caballé2
1988Bellini & Verdi: Airs d'OpérasMontserrat Caballé1
1990Carmen / Manon Lescaut / Salome / Les Huguenots / Faust / Louise / Roméo et JulietteMontserrat Caballé1
1991Eternal CaballeMontserrat Caballé2
1991Great Operatic DuetsMontserrat Caballé, Shirley Verrett1
1991Pagliacci / Il tabarro (1971 studio casts)Leoncavallo, Puccini; Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, Leontyne Price, Nello Santi, Erich Leinsdorf1
1993Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voixMontserrat Caballé41
1994Casta divaMontserrat Caballé1
1994The Voice of OperaLuciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras1
1994The Symphonies "Jeremiah / The Age of Anxiety / Kaddish" / SerenadeBernstein; Christa Ludwig, Lukas Foss, Montserrat Caballé, Michael Wager, Gidon Kremer, Leonard Bernstein1
1995DivaMontserrat Caballé1
1995Récital : Monteserrat CaballéMontserrat Caballé1
1996Erato Collection, Volume 14: Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra / Quatre derniers LiederStrauss; Montserrat Caballé1
1997Verdi & Puccini: Scenes & AriasVerdi, Puccini; Plácido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Margaret Price, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Montserrat Caballé, Ben Heppner, Ruggero Raimondi1
1999Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Wolf: The Spanish Songbook / Strauss: Five Songs for Voice and OrchestraHugo Wolf, Richard Strauss; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore, Montserrat Caballé, Orchestre National de France, Leonard Bernstein1
2003Viva La DivaMontserrat Caballé1
2003The Very Best of Montserrat CaballeMontserrat Caballé1
2007Die großen ErfolgeMontserrat Caballé1
2008The Original Jacket Collection: Montserrat CaballéMontserrat Caballé1
2012Die Großen ErfolgeMontserrat Caballé1
2019Diva EternaMontserrat Caballé1
2019La Bohème / Verdi & Puccini DuetsVerdi, Puccini, Plácido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Montserrat Caballé, Sherrill Milnes, Judith Blegen, Ruggero Raimondi, Vicente Sardinero, John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti1
Great Opera Divas: Montserrat CaballéMontserrat Caballé1
RaritiesRossini, Donizetti, Verdi; Montserrat Caballé1
SouvenirsJosé Carreras, Montserrat Caballé1
Von ganzem HerzenMontserrat Caballé1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1968In Concert, 1968Montserrat Caballé & Franco Corelli1
1987Live in ParisMontserrat Caballé & José Carreras1
1989Il trovatore (1968 Florence live recording)Giuseppe Verdi; Richard Tucker, Montserrat Caballé, Mario Zanasi, Orchestra & Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Thomas Schippers2
1995Manon Lescaut (1966 Buenos Aires cast)Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Richard Tucker, Gianpiero Mastromei, Bruno Bartoletti1
1998Il pirataBellini; Montserrat Caballé, Piero Cappuccilli, Flaviano Labò, Orchestra and Chorus of the Florence May Festival, Franco Capuana2
1999Lucrezia BorgiaGaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé, Alain Vanzo, Kostas Paskalis1
2001Caterina CornaroGaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Carlo Felice Cillario1
2007Norma (1971 radio cast)Vincenzo Bellini; Montserrat Caballé, Robleto Merolla, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco, Nino Venturini, Anna Maria Balboni, Orquesta y Coro de la RAI de Turín, Georges Prêtre2
2013Turandot (1977 War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco cast)Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Giorgio Tozzi, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly1
Roberto Devereux (1972 Venice recording)Gaetano Donizetti; Montserrat Caballé, Gianni Raimondi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Bruno Bartoletti1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1987BarcelonaFreddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé55
1988The Golden BoyFreddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé2

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