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Geek Speak: Du-Lu Hsiao - "Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé: The story behind Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games."

Geek Speak: Du-Lu Hsiao - "Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé: The story behind Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games."

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, September 16, 2019/Categories: Events, Students, Community, Faculty, Staff

Event date: 1/30/2020 4:00 PM Export event

Where: Jonas 110
When: 4:00PM
Description: Freddy Mercury began to feel a huge admiration of Monserrat Caballé since he saw her performing for the first time in Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera at the London Royal Opera House in 1983. That admiration continued for several years, and during Mercury’s tour A Kind of Magic (1986), he stated in an interview that his favorite opera singer was “Montsy” and that she “has the best voice of all living human beings". Thus, after many attempts from Mercury to meet with the opera star asking if they could meet and perform together, in 1987, without a warning, he sat down at the piano at the former Hotel Ritz in Barcelona and began to improvise Exercises in Free Love. It was the first time Queen front man Freddie Mercury met Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé. This meeting led to a legendary musical partnership, and friendship, between the best of classical and contemporary music to create the iconic anthem of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Join us in this Geek Speak to understand how the chemistry between Mercury and Caballé generated an amazing friendship story behind the 1992 Olympic Games.
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