The commissioner of Culture of the Barcelona City Council, Joan Subirats, announced today that the municipal government has initiated the procedures to award the City's Gold Medal posthumously to the soprano Montserrat Caballé, who died on the 6th in Barcelona.
If this Gold Medal is granted, it would not be necessary to wait for the stipulated five years to dedicate a street or a square in Barcelona to the soprano, and the gambling debate could already be initiated, as Subirats explained, after accepting it in the Municipal Commission of Culture, a plea from the PP group in this regard.
In a press release, the Municipal People's Group in the Barcelona City Council congratulated itself for having managed to get the municipal government to accept the proposal to award the Gold Medal posthumously to Montserrat Caballé.
The president of the PP group, Alberto Fernández Díaz, has argued that "Montserrat Caballé, as a universal Barcelonan and a reference for music and culture, deserves this recognition from her city".
"Montserrat Caballé is one of the best soprano of the 20th century and nobody like her projected the best Barcelona in the whole world," said Fernández Díaz.
In life, the soprano from Barcelona was honored with the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia in 1982 and with the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1991.