L’Auditori and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra would like to express their condolences for the loss of the great soprano Montserrat Caballé by looking back at the relationship that bound them to the singer for almost four decades.
Her debut with the OBC was in 1973, when the ensemble was still called the Barcelona City Orchestra. It was at the Palau de la Música Catalana, where the Orchestra was based, and she performed Pau Casals’ El Pessebre under the baton of Enric Casals.
The following year, in 1974, the Orchestra and the diva were reunited by the music of Richard Strauss, with a programme of the German composer’s lieder conducted by maestro Kurt Wöss.
Two important events took place in the 1990s, when Caballé and the Orchestra joined forces in two special outdoor concerts. The first of these was the La Mercè concert in 1991, which was held in Barcelona Cathedral square and conducted by Luis Antonio García Navarro, the principal conductor at the time.
Two years later, in 1993, as part of the Jacobean Year (St. James Holy Year) events, the soprano and the Orchestra, at that time conducted by Paul Decker, performed at the Praza do Obradoiro square in Santiago de Compostela. The last collaboration between Caballé and the OBC was in January 2007, with a French music programme at L’Auditori. This was the only time the soprano sang in this hall and in one of the Orchestra’s seasonal concerts.
Aleix Palau | 9 October 2018
Montserrat Caballé, a 35-year relationship with the OBC
The soprano sang with the Orchestra between 1973 and 2007 in concerts held at the Palau de la Música, L’Auditori, Barcelona Cathedral square and Santiago de Compostela