The legendary Spanish soprano died today after a long struggle with ill-health, interspersed with harassment by Spanish officials.
Barcelona born she made her breakthrough in 1965 as a Carnegie Hall stand-in for Marilyn Horne, followed that summer by Glyndebourne debuts as the Marschallin in Der Rosesnkavalier and the Countess in Marriage of Figaro.
Although popular at the Met, it took seven more years for her to enter Covent Garden, which along with other houses remained sniffy about her blurry diction. Audiences, however, adored the huge sound she emitted.
Surgery for a brain tumour and subsequent heart problems slowed down her career but the moment of global fame came when she recorded a duet for the Barcelona Olympics with Freddie Mercury.
She is mourned by her husband, two children and millions of opera fans.