Relatives, friends, politicians and personalities from the world of culture will bid farewell to the soprano from Barcelona, Montserrat Caballé, who died on Saturday at the age of 85 at the Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona, at a ceremony in the mortuary of Les Corts in the capital Catalan After the funeral, the soprano will be buried with her parents in the cemetery of Sant Andreu in Barcelona.
The funeral is scheduled at noon and in addition to the assistance of the singer's relatives, the presence of the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, is confirmed at the ceremony; of the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, and of the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and Queen Sofia. Also going to the farewell, the Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera; the Minister of Culture, José Guirao, and the conseller of Culture of the Generalitat, Laura Borràs.
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, to which the soprano has been closely linked throughout her career, will be attended by the president of the Board, Salvador Alemany; the general director of the theater, Valentí Oviedo; the artistic director, Christina Scheppelmann, and the musical director, Josep Pons.
The Ministry of Culture has proposed to the relatives of Caballé the celebration of a double homage in Barcelona and Madrid. The initiative in memory has been well received by his family. José Guirao, Minister of Culture, took advantage of his visit this Sunday to the ardent chapel of the diva to make his proposal to the family of the opera star. "We want to make a tribute to the height of what she has been, "said the minister, "It has been exciting to see in these last hours how the great theaters around the world and the international media have remembered it".
Although Guirao said that Caballé's daughter, Montserrat Martí, has been receptive to the idea of a double homage for her mother, she has asked the minister for time to sit down and finalize the details of the tributes, when they are "calmer" . In principle, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela or the Teatro Real, in Madrid, would be the places where the tribute could be celebrated.
Different personalities passed yesterday at the funeral home. In addition to Guirao, even the burning chapel came the leader of Citizens, Albert Rivera, the former president of the Generalitat, Jordi Pujol, the soprano Pretty Yende, the father Ángel and the president of the Council of Culture and Arts, Carles Duarte. The consulates of Belarus and Armenia also deposited flowers, where Caballé had many admirers, and sports entities such as Barça and Espanyol. The daughter of the singer Montserrat Caballé thanked, on leaving the morgue last night, the support to her mother: "Thank you very much for all the love of so many years".
The singer died at age 85 after becoming one of the most universal sopranos of the twentieth century, entering in 1956 at the Basel Opera and then in Bremen, before debuting at the Liceu and jumping to international fame at the Carnegie Hall of New York (United States). In addition to touring the great temples of international lyric during a 40-year career, Caballé sang with Freddie Mercury, Vangelis, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.