Tenor Bernabé Martí, widower of Montserrat Caballé, dies at 93

Barcelona (Spain), 18 Mar Spanish tenor Bernabé Martí, widower of soprano Montserrat Caballé and with a successful international career until his retirement, in 1985, died at the age of 93 in Barcelona (northeastern Spain), reported the founding of the family. Through social networks, the Montserrat Caballé Foundation communicated “the sad loss of our beloved family member and Honorary President of the Foundation, Bernabé Martí”. Closely linked during his career to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the operatic coliseum also dedicated a message to him on the networks: “With great affliction we say goodbye today to the tenor Bernabé Martí, who made his debut at the Liceu in 1960 with “The Dragon's Head” and whom we enjoy in roles such as Calaf “Turandot”, Cavaradossi “Tosca” or Roberto Devereux, among others” . Born on November 14, 1928 as Bernabé Martínez Remacha in Villarroya de la Sierra (Zaragoza, northern Spain), he was the sixth son of a peasant family and at the age of 13 he left school to work the land and as a goat herder. It was there that the qualities of his voice were discovered and he became part of the village band, where he learned music theory and how to play the saxophone and where he began to sing jacks. A parish priest who listened to him took him to Zaragoza to study singing and later expanded his studies at the Madrid Conservatory and the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he followed three courses until he completed his training in 1956. Shortly after, he began a professional career that would lead him first to great Spanish theatres, and so between 1963 and 1964 he performed at the Liceu the operas “Manon”, “La Bohème” or “Madame Butterfly”, with whom he would be his wife, Montserrat Caballé, whom he married in 1964 and with whom he had two children. In 1965 he traveled to America to perform in opera theatres in Argentina and Mexico, until he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, alongside the famous soprano Renata Tebaldi in the performance of “Mephistopheles”. For more than three decades she performed in numerous theaters around the world, in leading roles in operas such as “Carmen”, “Norma”, “Rigoletto” or “El Pirata”. Affected by lung disease since 1972, and later by a heart condition, he ended up retiring in 1985 to dedicate himself to the Montserrat Caballé Foundation. Bernabé Martí was the father of also soprano Montserrat Martí, daughter of Montserrat Caballé. BOSS. hm/pll/icn