The last disciple of Montserrat Caballé is a very young countertenor who in the tribute concert dedicated by the Liceu to the diva, last Friday, went out to defend with will one of the common places of the baroque repertoire: the aria "Laschia ch'io pianga " of the Rinaldo of Händel. It is not a trivial fact to take the pulse of a solemn and at times endearing act, but that counted more with his - the friends and disciples of Caballé - than with an international representation of the current lyric in his memory.
The first to parade for a gala that retransmitted TV3 was Josep Carreras singing a Neapolitan by Rodolfo Falvo. And started the affection of the public Joan Pons with the dramatic "Nulla! Silenzio! " of Il tabarro of Puccini. And the public turned even more Jaume Aragall, who awakens passions despite previous nerves that he suffers, and that he remained worthy in Non ti scordar di me, by Ernesto Curtis.
That was after Lluís Pasqual came out to justify why he had been chosen to lead the gala: in 1988 he was commissioned the reopening ceremony of the Fortuny de Reus, in which Caballé gave a "wonderful" recital, and when he went out to ask the diva for a fourth bis, he put a condition: "Only if Pasqual sings with me" . So, on an image of both on stage - "it's not a fake", The theater director said," their voices sounded in a radio interview in which they were asked what they would ask each other: "I would ask you Montserrat never to die." "Well, when that happens, do me a tribute."
The evening would be a chain of arias and duets live, with mythical recordings of the diva, which on Friday would have been 86 years old, skillfully chosen interviews to discover his personality, and various tributes, such as the one of the excited Zubin Mehta saying "good bye" Without a doubt, the fact that it was broadcast on television meant that many older people who lived the art of Montserrat Caballé intensely could fire her from their homes.
The first of those mythical recordings - which were the best of the evening - was I puritani 1966. It was heard in Semiramide 1985 with Marlyn Horne, in the Maria Stuarda of 79, in the unrepeatable "Casta Diva" from 74 in Orange ... And the Liù of Turandot in Barcelona, with the note sustauta above the orchestra.
While they declared their love for video Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domigno, Ainhoa Arteta, Roberto Alagna or Giancarlo del MonacoA carousel of friendly voices paraded. Al Bano dared to Mattino from Leoncavallo just when Saioa Hernández he left the bar high with a Verdi aria. And then the couple María Gallego and Josep Bros appeared in the Faust of Gounod. Jordi Galán (La Voz) with Bizet ... But he closed, luckily, the very emergent Penis Pati, tenor who received a prize in the Caballé contest and who raised the night with "Ah! lève-toi, soleil. " The final apotheosis came with the joint venture beside Freddie Mercury, to the cathartic cry of Barcelona
Previously, the mayor Ada Colau had delivered to the family the diva of the Gold Medal of the city, that Barcelona grants him posthumously. In an act in the Saló dels Miralls in which in full campaign there were politicians like Jaume Collboni, Xavier Trias or Alberto Fernández Díaz, and the consellera Mariàngela Vilallonga, who chatted long and friendly with the Minister Guirao after the gala. A ceremony, by the way, in which faces were known as Monica Naranjo or Ruth Lorenzo.
The Councilor and the Ministers of Culture talked long and friendly after the gala