Spanish opera singer dies at 85

Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85. Caballe’s family requested the cause of death not be released, saying that she had been in the hospital since September, del Moral said. Spanish media said that Caballe entered the hospital last month because of a gall bladder problem. Condolences poured in from the world of opera and Spain’s highest authorities.
King Felipe VI tweeted that Caballe was “the great lady of opera, legend of universal culture, the best of the best” and that “her personality and unequaled voice will accompany us forever.” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said a “a great ambassador of our country has died.” For tenor Jose Carreras, opera lost its “best soprano” with the passing of Caballe. “Of all the sopranos that I have heard live, I have never heard anyone like Montserrat,” Carreras told Catalunya Radio.

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