(7 Oct 2018) FUNERAL HOME, CONDOLENCE BOOK FOR OPERA SINGER CABALLE
People in Barcelona gathered at the Spanish city's opera house to pay their respects to opera singer Montserrat Caballe, who died aged 85 on Saturday (6 OCTOBER 2018).
Caballe, renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, died early on Saturday at Hospital San Pau in Barcelona, a hospital spokesman told The Associated Press.
Caballe's family requested the cause of death not be released, the spokesman said, adding that she had been in the hospital since September.
Spanish media said that Caballe entered the hospital last month because of a gall bladder problem.
Condolences have poured in from the world of opera and Spain's highest authorities.
Born into a working class family in Barcelona, Caballe unveiled her musical talents early on, singing Bach cantatas at the age of 7.
In her almost unlimited repertoire, she starred in 90 opera roles with nearly 4,000 stage performances.
Opera singer Maria Callas is once said to have answered "Only Caballe ..." when asked once who she considered a worthy successor.
Caballe's funeral will be held on Monday in Barcelona at the Les Corts funeral home.
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