I’m a stranger here myself I’m a stranger here myself

In 1982 I saw Turandot at the San Francisco Opera, the year after I became an opera fan, and it was my first live opera.

on May 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Seiji’s angels Seiji’s angels

Inspired by Christian’s expansive Seiji Ozawa survey, Chris’s Cache serves up the late maestro collaborating with (in alphabetical order): Martina Arroyo, Hildegard Behrens, Montserrat Caballé, Maureen Forrester, Jessye Norman, and Leontyne Price.

on May 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Come to the record store in old Peking Come to the record store in old Peking

In the lead up to LA Opera’s mounting of Turandot on May 18th (hooray!) I thought I’d touch on some of my favorite recordings and new re-masters I’ve discovered. I have them all.

on May 10, 2024 at 9:00 AM
parterre saturday afternoon: Montserrat Caballé parterre saturday afternoon: Montserrat Caballé

Today’s sad news has prompted a change of program in parterre saturday afternoon. Our Own JJ is putting together a program in tribute to Montserrat Caballé, to begin at our regular time of 2:00 PM.

on October 06, 2018 at 11:34 AM
Tongue tied Tongue tied

“Trove Thursday”’s latest folie de grandeur is an overflowing three-part explosion of post-war divas in live performances of unexpected arias always in the “wrong language.”

on June 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored

By the time Roberto Devereux saw its premiere at Napoli’s Teatro San Carlo on 29 October, 1837, Gaetano Donizetti had lost, in an 18-month time frame, both his parents, two still-born children, and his beloved wife Virginia.

on March 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Vola talor dal carcere Vola talor dal carcere

Spain’s world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence and fined more than 250,000 euros ($275,000) on Tuesday for cheating the taxman.”

on December 15, 2015 at 9:54 AM
Where in the World Is Montserrat Caballé? Where in the World Is Montserrat Caballé?

The legendary diva failed to show up in court this morning for settlement of her tax fraud case.

on May 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM
Orange is the new spinto Orange is the new spinto

Opera star Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the public prosecutor to receive a six-month prison sentence and a €240,000 fine for defrauding the Spanish tax office.

on December 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM
Vola talor dal carcere Vola talor dal carcere

World-famous soprano Montserrat Caballé will not have to go to jail.

on November 07, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Faustian bargain Faustian bargain

Two debuts of legendary singers on a single night highlight this performance of Faust from the final season of the Old Met, courtesy of Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin.

on August 11, 2014 at 5:26 AM
Ce bruit de l’or Ce bruit de l’or

Legendary diva Montserrat Caballé has been charged by Spanish procescutors with tax evasion for failing to declare some 500,000 euros of income for concerts given in Andorra.

on April 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM
Per molts anys, Montserrat Caballé! Per molts anys, Montserrat Caballé!

The legendary soprano celebrates her 80th birthday today.

on April 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM