Obituary: Legendary Soprano Montserrat Caballé Passes At 85

By David Salazar

Soprano Montserrat Caballé has passed away on Saturday. She was 85. The soprano was recently hospitalized after suffering some health complaints.

Per reports out of Barcelona, the soprano’s funeral will be held in Barcelona on Monday.

Born on April 12, 1933 in Barcelona, Caballé built up a career as one of the great sopranos in the Italian repertoire, dominating the works of Verdi and much of bel canto repertoire. Her major breakout came in 1965 when she appeared in “Lucrezia Borgia,” replacing an indisposed Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall; on that evening she earned 25 minutes worth of applause.

In 1966, she made her Met Opera debut in Gounod’s “Faust.” In 1972, she made her debuts in London’s Royal Opera House and the Lyric Opera of Chicago and in 1977, she debuted in San Francisco.

She made a plethora of major recordings throughout her years, performing alongside the famed three tenors Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti. She also recorded a duet with Freddie Mercury, making her a household name.