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I am utterly captivated by Montserrat Caballe's tone and her superb control and ability to sing the most delicate pianissimo passages. And she's still singing today, even though she's 78 (and of course no longer at her vocal peak). Sure Sutherland was a stunner up high and Callas was a looker and a fierce performer, etc., but Caballe is my favorite (principally for bel canto opera). I think Superfly would probably agree.
First, I was somewhat surprised (and "encouraged") to learn that anyone on this website has any interest in opera.
As for Montserrat Caballe, she is beyond "awesome" (just for her incredible voice), but there is more reason than that to "appreciate" her. Many years ago, I used to regularly attend the famous "Opera at The Zoo", held for many years at the the Cincinnati "Zoo". One summer, Montserrat Caballe was scheduled to sing the title role in ( I don't recall the opera anymore). Anyway, on her trip traveling from Europe to Cincinnati, somewhere along the way, she had an accident and sustained a broken leg. As we all know, this would certainly cause almost all artists and performers to cancel their engagements...........but not for Montserrat Caballe ! She spent a very brief stay in a hospital having her leg "attended to", then arrived in Cincinnati on the day of her scheduled performance, spent 3 or 4 hours at the Zoo in rehearsal, and appeared that evening, ( on crutches ) to the everlasting appreciation and amazement of her many fans ! I will never forget that performance !
The reviews in the Cincinnati papers the next day were "ecstatic", to say the least !
I have enjoyed many operas since that night, but I don't recall any single performance ever to receive such admiration and acclaim as that performance did.
Overall, my "taste" for opera revolves around Italian operas in general, and for Verdi's operas in particular. Even more "specific", my two very favorite operas are "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata"; I have seen both performed on many occasions, and sung by many of the world's "best of the best". For me, the all-time greatest soprano is the great Joan Sutherland. That's an easy call. As for tenors, ........ lot of great tenors, but I would definitely have to say that Placido Domingo is my "greatest of the greatest" ...........the man is simply "timeless"!
On a "side note"..........as many who know me are aware, I spent over 40 years driving "big rigs" "over the road", and like all truck drivers, I was obliged to have a CB
radio on most of the time, (hoping to avoid speeding tickets) As anyone who has ever listened to CB
radio is aware, most ( almost all ? ) truck drivers tend to be a "loutish bunch" and many think they need to "subject" the rest of the world to their "questionable taste in music", ( which is always "the pitts");
I had a "secret weapon" that I devised to deal with this on-going problem; frequently, when I had "my fill" of this nonsense, I would turn on my 500 watt linear amp and "subject" everyone within 20 miles to a "performance" of the great Montserrat Caballe, hitting some of the most "excruciating" high notes ever heard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike !
The "effect" was "cataclysmic" to say the least ! ( I wish I had recorded some of the "responses" ! )
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein