Happiness Montserrat Caballe and Bernabe Marty
Montserrat Caballe was called a legend during his lifetime. Her magical voice was impossible not to recognize or confuse with another. She was almost sure that she was not destined to marry, and was ready to devote herself to music. However, a meeting with Bernabe Marty changed not only the life of a talented singer, but also herself. However, at the beginning of the meeting, the Spanish tenor was very afraid of losing his independence and even offered the singer an open relationship, which she angrily rejected.
The family in which the charming Moserrat Caballe was born in 1933 was very poor. A girl in childhood often had to endure ridicule from her peers because of a single dress in which she invariably came to school. In addition, little Montserrat was not very sociable and kept out of school with the rest of the children. Taunts hurt the future star of the opera scene, but she swallowed tears and dreamed about the day when she became famous and rich.
She was only seven years old when she first got into the theater on the opera of Giacomo Puccini “Madame Butterfly.” That story impressed Montserrat so much that she decided to learn the Duchess’s aria and performed it for her family at Christmas. Her clear voice made her mother believe that her daughter could really succeed in life.
And she could. She graduated from the Conservatory at the Liceo Theater in Barcelona and was full of plans and hopes. However, the accident, which hit the young singer, almost erased all of Montserrat’s dreams. The fact is that the part of the brain that is responsible for burning fat in the body suffered in a disaster. Since then, as the singer admitted later in her interviews, she forever said goodbye to the dream of harmony.
Completeness became the cause of gross ridicule, which one impresario responded to her offer of cooperation. He gave Montserrat a derogatory look and advised her to marry and take her rightful place in the kitchen. But the girl did not intend to give up. Nothing could shake her faith in herself: she intended to fulfill her promise to herself and become famous.
She worked a lot on herself, did a special two-hour gymnastics for the voice, which she was taught back in her student years. She was never lazy, she rehearsed a lot, carefully prepared for performances and gratefully bowed to the audience of Bremen and Milan, Barcelona and Vienna, Lisbon and many other cities.
She brilliantly played the roles of femme fatale, but nothing happened in Montserrat Caballe’s personal life. She was 29, but she had never once fallen in love and already doubted that high feelings exist. Somewhere deep down, she still hoped to meet the man of her dreams, but she was ready to devote her life to music.
When, during one of the opera performances, Montserrat first heard Bernabe Marty, she immediately went backstage to express her admiration for him. But the meeting with the tenor disappointed the singer: instead of an ardent and passionate singer, she saw a cold and very restrained gentleman.
Just a few months later, the tenor appeared on stage in the play Madame Butterfly with Caballe. He replaced his ill colleague in the production of his sick man and again aroused slight dissatisfaction with Montserrat. Not only that, because of an urgent introduction to the play, he did not manage to learn the words well, but also in the scene where he was supposed to kiss the singer, he did not even come close to her.
After the performance, the singer in conversation with the main make-up artist complained about the timidity of her colleague and called his behavior unprofessional. What a surprise Montserrat was when, during the next production during the same scene, Bernabe Marty squeezed her in his arms and gave him a kiss so passionate that the audience simply froze, and the pause became almost indecent.
When they were backstage, Montserrat immediately indignantly pointed out to the tenor about the inadmissibility of such behavior with a lady in public. To which I heard a fair answer: of course, you shouldn’t treat a lady like that, but you can even do with a woman who reproached him with timidity.
Despite all her anger and indignation, the singer already understood: she dreamed about such a man.
At the first date, Bernabe invited her ten days later after his passionate kiss. She waited for him for an hour, and when he appeared, out of breath and excited, she immediately believed all his excuses.