12 April 1933 – Montserrat Concepción Bibiana Caballé Folch, born in Barcelona, during the Spanish Civil War
“Montserrat Caballé has this amazing personality and it’s quite spellbinding. She has this air of dominating a room. I’ve seen a lot of people like that; pop stars, or whatever you call them, actually trying so hard to go into a room and make sure they’re noticed, but she just has this natural air and grace. The difference is really amazing, where she walks into a room and commands people’s attention just by being so genuine – you can’t help but be enveloped in it. That’s how the opera people like to treat their divas. They’re like goddesses. She’s like a dream!”
She said, “What’s your favourite number?” I said, “Number one.” Then she said, “From now on I call you my Number One,” so I said, “I’ll call you my Super Diva!
I love music and SHE is the music!”
“The difference between Freddie and almost all the other rock stars was that he was selling the voice instead of his image. His technique was astonishing. His phrasing was subtle, delicate and sweet or energetic and slamming. He was able to find the right coloring or expressive nuance for each word. When he sat down at the piano to improvise, I realized that a true musician was before me. He discovered a new way to bring different music styles together. He is the first person to have done this.
It was a special moment in my life, that year together. I will always remember it!
One of the most amazing, beautiful, and happy … of my life. It was like an opening, a wide open window to the world
Throughout Europe, and in America and Japan, wherever I sing I am still approached by Freddie Mercury’s fans. They ask me what he was like to work with. They tell me how much they love him still, that when he died, part of them died with him.
Freddie’s music and his qualities as a human being directly touched the hearts of his admirers, yet he is constantly criticized and his life turned into a moral epic. No one person has the right to judge another person. Freddie lived his life without pretence, exactly the way he felt he should, and he should be respected for that. Who are we to judge a man who brought so much joy and goodness into the world?
I find it very moving to witness such devotion, yet I am not surprised because Freddie was a good, non-violent, peace-loving man who was generous not just to his friends and those he loved, but to others who suffered the way he did.
I will always remember Freddie as a good friend, an honest and courageous man – especially towards the end of his life – a man who was very, very special for thousands of people. And you know, thousands of people cannot be wrong”.
One of the most beautiful photos of Montserrat with our Dear Freddie. Their smiles say it all ! An extremely proud moment. This is the joy and happiness I love seeing on his face!1