Montserrat Caballé at the Castell de Peralada Festival

    As is only fitting, the festival wishes to pay homage to the great soprano Montserrat Caballé. Through the archive photographs that illustrate her participation right from the very start of the Festival, visitors will be able to bear witness to many of the moments with which the diva from Barcelona rewarded the history of this summer festival.

    In 1987 Montserrat Caballé opened the Castell de Peralada Festival with a double programme revolving around Mozart. Before this, though, she had taken part in the music galas of 1983 and 1984, organised by Carmen Mateu, founder of the initiative, and with whom she had a close and lasting friendship.

    In all, Montserrat Caballé performed nineteen times at the festival. It was a festival she felt her own, as it was she who had the idea, together with her brother and the Suqué-Mateu couple, of the Castell de Peralada Festival as we know it today. In 2011, Montserrat Caballé sang before the Peralada audience for the last time with a double performance, just as she had done to open it 25 years earlier.

    We would like to thank Montserrat Caballé for her love, her continued participation, her contribution to making this project international, her art and her warmth and affection. The bond between the Festival with one of the leading sopranos in the history of lyrical music has been and will be forever.