The Liceu Conservatory Foundation wants to express the deep sorrow of all those who form its educational and artistic community because of the loss of the extraordinary and incomparable Montserrat Caballé. There is little to add to what is already known by all those who love Music and the Opera: she was a unique and a first-class figure in historical terms, who will be forever among the greatest names of the lyrical scene, due to her wonderful performances and recordings of the great operas by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Strauss and many others.
The Liceu Conservatory Liceu is proud to have hosted Montserrat Caballé during her youth in its classrooms, where she studied and graduated under the mastery of the great teacher Eugenia Kemeny Kirschner. Moreover, as it is well known, thanks to her unusual talents, Pere Vallribera, director of the Center, managed to get her studies granted by the Bertrand family, due to her lack of resources.
Since then, the students of the Liceu Conservatory Liceu have had the pride and responsibility of training themselves in the classrooms and the auditorium where Montserrat Caballé learned her extraordinary profession as a singer, and where she sang in front of an audience for the first time.
In 2004, the 50th anniversary of her final exam at the Teatrino in the Ramblas building, the Liceu Conservatory Foundation awarded this once-in-a-lifetime performer with its Gold Medal. It was the first time this honour was given.
Now, we join the sorrow of her family and the millions of music lovers around the world who admired and adored her. May she rest in peace after a brilliant career that leaves us the consolation of the multiple recordings of her unforgettable voice.