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Montserrat Caballé's voice played in soprano's funeral

Ceremony for Catalan world-class opera singer attended by top political and cultural dignitaries

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08 October 2018 02:03 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The funeral for the Catalan world-class opera singer Montserrat Caballé was held in Barcelona on Monday at noon.

And her own voice was played to honor her. Schubert's 'Ave Maria', Händel's 'Lascia ch'io pianga', 'O mio babbino caro', Giacomo Puccini's work, and 'La Vergina Degli Angeli', by Giuseppe Verdi, were the pieces that could be heard in her austere funeral.

The Catalan and Spanish top authorities attended the ceremony, including the Catalan leader Quim Torra, his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sánchez, and the Spanish King's mother, Sofia. The Catalan culture minister, Laura Borràs, and the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, were also in Les Corts funeral home, in the Catalan capital.

Some dignitaries in the culture and specifically music camps also honored Caballé, including Catalan tenor Josep Carreras, composer Jordi Savall and orchestra director Antoni Ros-Marbà. 

After the event, Caballé was set to be buried in Sant Andreu cemetery with her parents.

Tributes

While some more events to tribute her in the coming weeks are expected, on Sunday dozens of people attended the wake also in Les Corts funeral home on Sunday, including some politicians.

During the weekend, some people also went to the Liceu opera house, in Barcelona, where she performed over 200 times, to sign a tribute book in her honor.

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  • Montserrat Caballé's coffin after her funeral in Les Corts, Barcelona on October 8, 2018 (by Elisenda Rosanas)

  • Montserrat Caballé's coffin after her funeral in Les Corts, Barcelona on October 8, 2018 (by Elisenda Rosanas)

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