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'One of the brightest lights goes out'

Officials from both the Catalan and Spanish government mourn the death of soprano Montserrat Caballé


06 October 2018 12:05 PM


ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan culture minister, Laura Borràs, spoke about the death of celebrated soprano Montserrat Caballé and said that "with her loss, one of the brightest lights in the world of music goes out, one which received large national and international recognition."

In what Borràs deemed as "sad news" and that Caballé's achievements "represent the effort, tenacity, excellence, and international projection of Catalan talent." She also stated that both her and the president of the government of Catalonia Quim Torra intend to "give her posthumous recognition."

Meanwhile, Barcelona mayor Ada Colau expressed her condolences through social media, writing "Barcelona bids farewell to one of the most important sopranos of the world, a referent of lyrical music and international cultural ambassador," she wrote.

"One of the most universal voices," says minister of Spain

Meanwhile, the minister of Territory from the Spanish government Meritxell Batet expressed "great pain" and "sadness" for Caballé's death. Batet called the singer one of the "greatest and most universal voices there were." She added that the soprano's performances were "captivating" and that her voice is "eternal" and will go to on reach "those to come." 

The Spanish royal family, for their part, issued a statement on Twitter: "She was Caballé, the grande dame of the opera, legend of universal culture, the best of the best and capable of discovering new spaces for creation among the greatest." The tweet ends by saying that "her personality and her unmatchable voice will always be with us. We truly feel her loss."



  • Montserrat Caballé performs at the Festival de Peralada in summer 2012 (by Mar Martí)

  • Montserrat Caballé performs at the Festival de Peralada in summer 2012 (by Mar Martí)