Caballe had been in poor health and was admitted to hospital in Barcelona last month because of a gall bladder problem, according to Spanish media. A spokesman for Hospital de Sant Pau announced her death early Saturday. In a career spanning five decades, she starred in 90 opera roles with nearly 4, stage performances. In she ran into trouble with the Spanish treasury.
The rock star and the opera singer broke down genre barriers with their epic album 'Barcelona' — and she was the only person who made him cry. As a rule, rock and opera getting together is a worse meeting than Trump and Johnson. But Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest rock singers of all time— and Montserrat Caballe, who died last year, was one of the finest opera voices of any generation too. But as soon as Montserrat started singing, Freddie ignored Pavarotti. In all my life, I never saw Freddie so nervous. I never saw him like that in 20 years of working with Freddie. In his suite, Freddie was chain-smoking and pacing. For the first time ever, he actually turned up for an appointment five minutes early — Freddie always made an appearance 15 minutes late. Then this crowded lobby parted like the red sea and Montserrat walked through. The tracks would be basically completed, just needing her vocal.
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Without warning, he sat down at the piano at the former Hotel Ritz in Barcelona and began to improvise Exercises in Free Love , singing in falsetto what would be her part if she accepted. This meeting would lead to a legendary musical partnership that would bring the best of the classical and contemporary music world together in the iconic anthem Barcelona , written ahead of the Barcelona Olympic Games. The Queen vocalist sent endless messages to the opera star via her representatives, asking if they could meet and perform together. The song Exercises in Free Love was his way in. He made such a good impression that she agreed to meet him again at his house in London to record a demo.
Listen to Barcelona on Apple Music and Spotify. After telling his manager that he wanted to record with the year-old Barcelona-born singer, a meeting was arranged at The Ritz hotel in Barcelona in Mercury had sung a version imitating her falsetto delivery. The album Barcelona was born on the spot and their duet on that song was later included in an extended version of Barcelona that was released in But Montserrat was wonderful. She told me she enjoyed listening to my music and had Queen albums in her collection, too. The latter was released as a single and reached No. Mercury was thrilled at the reception of the album and proud of himself for trying something so adventurous.