Montserrat Caballe is one of the few operatic singers to have had a pop record on the charts. Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, was a fan of her work and it on meeting her they sang at the piano all night. He had written a piece for her,”Exercisesin Free Love”, which she performed live for the first time as a surprise at a recital in London, in his presence. They became firm friends and the album Barcelona ws recorded with lyrics by Tim Rice amoingst others. The single from the album charted twice in the UK and was a success the world over bringing new fans to this remarkable woman.
Her voice has a creaminess and power which is unsurpassed. Her ability to float a note pianissimo is unrivaled. She is considered to have become the leading Verdi and Donizetti soprano of her time.