Speaking at the private funeral of Montserrat Caballé yesterday in Barcelona, her fellow-Catalan eulogised her as ‘together with Maria Callas, the most important singer of the 20th century’.
Queen Sofia of Spain and prime minister Sanchez were among those in attendance.
Cameras were excluded from the church.
Caballé was buried at the Sant Andreu cemetery, next to her parents.
Others present included: the tenors Jaume Aragall and Josep Bros, baritone Joan Pons, early music director Jordi Savall with his wife Maria Bartels and the conductor Antoni Ros Marbà . Joan Matabosch represented the Teatro Real, Salvador Alemany , Valentí Oviedo , Christina Scheppelmann and Josep Pons were there for the Liceu.