Final rehearsals of Haendel's Julius Caesar at the Pleyel hall. Montserrat Caballé plays Cleopatra's role, and confides in her love for Parisian audiences.
Born in Barcelona in 1933, to a poor family, she studied in that city's conservatory. She made her debut in 1956. She sang Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini then Richard Strauss, whose Salome would remain her favourite role. From the 1960s onwards she had global recognition. Health problems did not damage her glorious career. In her repertoire she had over 80 opera roles, without forgetting recitals of more rare works or Spanish zarzuelas (operettas). One of her discographic successes is a rock recording of a duo with Freddie Mercury. She started a charitable foundation in Barcelona.
Her voice, with its rare beauty is very homogenous high notes will remain legendary. On that point, as for her acting capabilities, she was compared to Maria Callas, but the names of these two great divas of the 20th century will remain linked to the rediscovery of the romantic bel canto repertoire.