THE Spanish operatic singer, Montserrat Caballé, best known by Brits for her ‘Barcelona’ duet with Queen’s Freddie Mercury, has died aged 85.
At the request of International Olympic Committee she recorded the duet, inspired by her home city, as one of the official theme songs for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The soprano was born in Barcelona on 12 April 1933. She subsequently moved to Basel, Switzerland, where she made her professional debut in 1956 before singing all around the world.
In 1987, Caballé made a rare excursion into the world of pop music when she released a duet with Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band Queen, which was titled “Barcelona”.
Mercury was a great admirer of Caballé, considering her voice to be “the best in the world”.
The single was followed by an album of the same name which was released the following year and featured further collaborations between the two performers.
Caballé also performed the song live, accompanied by a recording by Mercury, who had died in 1991, before the 1999 UEFA Champions League football final in Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.
She died this morning (October 6, 2018) at the age of 85, after been admitted to hospital in Barcelona last month.