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Introduction: Montserrat Caballé (02:52)


Montserrat Caballé took the world by storm and sung with all the great tenors. The soprano enrolled at eight years old in the Barcelona Conservatory. Her breakthrough role was in "Lucrezia Borgia" at Carnegie Hall. (Credits)

Caballé: Childhood (02:20)

Caballé began singing at a very young age and enrolled in the Barcelona Conservatory. After her father fell ill, a family supported the young soprano so she could continue her studies. Caballé graduated with the gold medal.

Caballé: Career Beginnings (03:05)

Caballé performed the role of Mimi in Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme." The Bremen Opera engaged her in a three-year contract; In 1962, the soprano returned to Liceau and debuted in Richard Strauss' "Arabella." Cabellé replaced Marilyn Horne in the title role of "Lucrezia Borgia" at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Ties with the Glyndebourne Festival (02:26)

The Glyndebourne Festival invited Caballé to sing in "Der Rosenkavalier" and "The Marriage of Figaro." Several years later, the soprano returned to perform at a benefit for a new theater.

Caballé in New York City (03:32)

Caballé returned to the Met to sing Charles Gounod's "Faust." Maria Callas acknowledged Caballé as her successor.

Relationship With José Carreras (02:32)

Caballé began to work with José Carreras in "Lucrezia Borgia" at La Scala in Milan. The pair formed a lifelong collaboration.

Caballé: Recordings (03:57)

Caballé recorded "Norma" for RCA Victor excelling in the bel canto style. Experts discuss her technique and vocal range. Theater Antique d' Orange in France recorded Caballé portraying the title role.

Career Highlights of the 1980s (03:03)

Caballé sung with Carreras at the Metropolitan Opera's Centennial Gala. The soprano performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Carreras.

Caballé: Cancer Diagnosis (04:59)

Caballé performed "Don Carlo" at the Frances Theater. After being diagnosed with a tumor, doctors urged the soprano to stop singing but she refused. Caballé walked off the stage during duets with Pavarotti and Franco Corelli.

Caballé: Creating a Pop Song (03:41)

Freddie Mercury and Caballé performed "Barcelona" together, which became the theme song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Caballé: Later Career (04:23)

Caballé performed with Horne at a concert in Munich. The soprano sung with her daughter at the Moscow State Conservatory and recorded tracks with Vangelis. Caballé began giving master classes and created a foundation to foster young singers from Andorra.

Caballé: Final Years (05:44)

Caballé continued to sing with Monserrat Martí and returned to the Liceu Theater to perform in "Henry VIII." The soprano received a lifetime achievement award and continued to tour worldwide. Experts discuss her legacy and impact.

Credits: Montserrat Caballé (00:37)

Credits: Montserrat Caballé

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This episode features classic moments in the career of opera legend Montserrat Caballé. Filmed in in the United Kingdom and Italy, this episode features historical archive, performance highlights, and contributions from artists, critics and directors.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL182987

ISBN: 978-1-64481-834-3

Copyright date: ©2018

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