The last test will be this afternoon at five, a very bullfighting hour. Then, at eight o'clock will begin the tribute that the profession will dedicate to the "Superba" in gala form in which many of those who were his companions will be present. There will be no shortage of Jaume Aragall, Josep Carreras and Joan Pons, three of the artists who sang along with her. "The smile of Montserrat Caballé" is a show that will direct and present at the Liceo Lluís Pasqual and that will offer videos of leading figures from the world of lyric poetry, who since being working in other cities have not been able to travel to Barcelona, such as Plácido Domingo, Zubin Metha, Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Flórez, Richard Bonynge, Teresa Berganza, Ainhoa Arteta, Carlos Álvarez, Giancarlo del Monaco, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Pretty Yende, Nadine Sierra, Levy Sekagapane and Al Bano. They will also collect testimonies of the artist and interviews and will not miss the voices of young people who were distinguished in their international singing contest. And his laughter will be present. Insurance.
The tenor José Bros did not want to miss this tribute. He will sing accompanied by his wife, the soprano María Gallego, the duo of "Fausto", "Il se fait tard, adieu", the first opera they sang on stage. "We both have a lot of hope. Who was going to tell me that we were going to debut together at the Liceo with the tribute to Caballé, "says the tenor. It will be eight or nine musical numbers that will be combined with recordings of the singer, but it is not a purely operatic gala. If for Bros it is a special occasion, for Gallego it will be even more, since it was linked by a close relationship with Caballé, who listened to her at a first audition, gave her the opportunity to train and paid for her studies, as well as singing with her at his liceístico debut on stage. When the first 25 years of his career were fulfilled he did it in Madrid with whom he sang the duo of "Las bodas de Fígaro" and when he turned 50 he did it in Barcelona with "Oh mio babbino caro", from "Gianni Schichi", by Puccini . Caballé was a teacher for her: "Thanks to her I was able to live a fairy tale and she always treated me as if I were a daughter. So it's an honor to be on the Liceo stage this afternoon and to sing in his tribute with José. " María Gallego wishes to continue with the legacy she received from her mentor: "I want to continue her school and spread her teaching. For me it means a pride to be able to teach and transmit what she taught and transmitted to me, "she says.
Caballé was able to learn an opera in just two days: "And always without any requirement and much less economical, I'm excited to say it, because not all artists are like that today," says José Carreras, who will perform a Neapolitan song this afternoon, just start the audition, "Dicintencello Vuie", Italian Rodolfo Falvo. The tenor Jaime Aragall will sing "Non ti scordar di me" by Ernesto de Curtis and the baritone Juan Pons will perform the aria "Nulla! Silenzio! "From" Il Tabarro "by Puccini. Before, at 18:30, in the Hall of Mirrors of the Liceu, the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, will give the family posthumously the Gold Medal of the City.