Slippedisc comfort zone (82): How to open an Olympics

Slippedisc comfort zone (82): How to open an Olympics

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

July 25, 2021

Epic Freddie and Montsy, 1992:


  • Wimsey says:

    It was not in the Olympics opening because Mercury died the year before. There’s an interview where Caballé painfully recalls the day he told her about the illness.

    • V Lind says:

      1. So who did open the 1992 Olympics?

      2. Where was this?

      3. What IS an epic way to open an Olympics? I gather Tokyo did not make the grade. At least according to the contributor.

      This post should be deleted — it conveys a seriously erroneous fact (not a hanging matter around here, but the owner will usually correct his own if one is pointed out) in the course of an implied insult.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    I think of it as the gold standard in crossover. Perhaps a uniquely successful collaboration of two great singers in very different genres, joining forces while being themselves musically and vocally.

    Differences of timbre aside, they both have great diction and sense of rhythm, some similarities in phrasing, and know how to play off eachother musically.

  • Gary Freer says:

    another badly researched headline bites the dust

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    “Barcelona” is a single released by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, a part of their collaborative album “Barcelona”.

    Released in 1987, it was one of the biggest hits of Mercury’s solo career. After his death in 1991, it was featured at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

    • V.Lind says:

      Thank you. So just a misleading headline. How very internet.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        I like the saying that to every person is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.

        Access to facts and good writing is easier than ever. So is dissemination of misinformation and disinformation.

  • Nick2 says:

    The best and most stunning Opening. Ceremony was surely the one masterminded by the movie and opera director Zhang Yimou for Beijing in 2008.