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EACH month or so Google honors a historical figure on their website’s homepage with a Google Doodle.
For April 12, 2022, Google Doodle, the tech company is honoring Montserrat Caballé.
Montserrat Caballe performs at a concert in Spain in 2006Credit: Reuters
Who was Montserrat Caballé?
María de Montserrat Bibiana Concepción Caballé i Folch was born on April 12, 1933, in Barcelona, Spain.
The Spanish operatic soprano was known as Montserrat Caballé and her nickname La Superba.
The singer died on October 6, 2018, at the age of 85.
She was said to have “a personality that was larger-than-life” but her music is the legacy she left behind.
In 1965 she made her debut in the US at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
She was known internationally and reached opera stardom during her lifetime.
Caballé was known specifically for her bel canto vocal technique.
Bel canto is the “quintessential way to sing opera,” The Washington Post wrote.
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Why is Montserrat Caballé being celebrated with a Google Doodle?
Google is honoring Caballé with her own Google Doodle to celebrate the singer’s 89th birthday.
“Happy 89th Birthday, La Superba. Your legacy sings on,” Google wrote on their Google Doodle website.
The legendary singer received five Grammy nominations during her career.
In 1968 she won her first Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance.
Montserrat Caballé’s Google Doodle released on April 12, 2022 to honor the singer’s 89th birthdayCredit: Google
Despite being born and raised in Spain, the singer did not make her debut in her homeland.
She made her professional debut in Switzerland, before performing in Germany.
According to Google Caballé gave over 3,800 performances in over 80 roles on five continents.
In 1992 Freddie Mercury recorded Barcelona with Caballé, which turned out to be the anthem for the Barcelona Olympic Games that year.
Aside from her singing career she also went on to be a philanthropist.
She founded Fundació Montserrat Caballé, an organization to support young talent in Barcelona.
The foundation was constituted on December 4, 2019, and officially registered on June 12, 2020.
What is a Google Doodle?
Google releases Doodles to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays or days of note throughout history.
Prior to Caballé’s Doodle, Google Doodle released one to honor the 80th birthday of Nomhle Nkonyeni on April 8, 2022.
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