The Spanish-born opera diva Montserrat Caballé is considered one of the finest sopranos in the world. She mobilizes public opinion and gives benefit concerts to raise funds for humanitarian causes. She has performed in concerts benefiting child victims of the Balkan wars and Chernobyl nuclear disaster victims. Montserrat Caballé has also performed at fellow UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ute-Henriette Ohoven’s Children in Need gala.
She was the principal artistic performer during the award ceremony of the Houphoët-Boigny Peace Prize to Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the late Yasser Arafat, the late Yitzak Rabin and Shimon Peres in 1994.
Over the years, her humanitarian engagement has become such an important part of her life that she has created her own foundation dedicated to the well-being of children in distress. Montserrat Caballé was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1994.
Montserrat Caballé recently performed in a concert in Basil, Switzerland where she received a 50,000 euro donation. With this generous sum, she donated half to the Spanish foundation ‘Mensajeros por la Paz’. This organization founded and created the residence house, ‘Residencia Montserrat Caballé’, for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The other half was allocated to the foundation ‘3GT’ that advocates for orphaned children and their education in Burundi.
In the past year she has performed two concerts, one in Rome and one in Marbella, for the foundation, ‘Children for Peace’. ‘Children for Peace’ is devoted to caring for and educating children in conflict zones all over the world, specifically Palestine and Africa. The foundation created an educational grant in the name of Montserrat Caballé. Mrs. Caballé also takes part in the foundation’s annual gala.
This summer she will give a concert for the Spanish Cancer Foundation and take part in the Annual AIDS Ball Gala in Vienna.