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Montserrat Figueras i García (Catalan: [munsəˈrat fiˈɣeɾəs i ɡərˈsi.ə]; 1942–2011) was a Catalan soprano who specialized in early music.

Figueras was born 15 March 1942 in Barcelona, Spain. After initially training as an actress, in 1966 she began studying early singing techniques together with her sister Pilar Figueras and developed an approach and technique for singing early music which combined historical fidelity with vitality.

In 1974 she and Jordi Savall, her husband since 1968, Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith formed Hespèrion XX, an early music ensemble. Figueras and her husband were members of a newer version of that ensemble, Hespèrion XXI. They also founded the groups La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations.

Figueras also performed and recorded regularly as a solo artist. She and her husband performed with their children: daughter Arianna and son Ferran.

She died on 23 November 2011 in Cerdanyola del Vallès, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. The funeral was held at the Monastery of Pedralbes in Barcelona.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 El Cant de La Sibil·la I - Catalunya Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial & Jordi Savall 3
1990 Villancicos & Ensaladas Bartomeu Càrceres; Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 1
1991 Ariette italiane, Seguidillas & Variaciones Fernando Sor; Montserrat Figueras, José Miguel Moreno 1
1996 El Canto de la Sibila II: Galicia / Castilla Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial & Jordi Savall 1
1998 El Cant de La Sibil·la: Mallorca - Valencia 1400-1560 La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall 1
2002 El Maestro, 1536 Luys Milan; Montserrat Figueras, Hopkinson Smith 1
2003 Ninna Nanna Montserrat Figueras 1
2005 Don Quijote de la Mancha: Romances y Músicas Miguel de Cervantes; Montserrat Figueras, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 1
2005 Du temps & de l'instant Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, Arianna Savall, Ferran Savall & Pedro Estevan 1
2006 Lux Feminae (900-1600) Montserrat Figueras 1
2007 Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 Claudio Monteverdi; Montserrat Figueras, María Cristina Kiehr, Guy de Mey, Gerd Türk, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Pietro Spagnoli, Roberto Abondanza, Daniele Carnovich, Coro del Centro di Musica Antica di Padova, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 1
2010 El nuevo mundo: folías criollas Montserrat Figueras, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
2011 Arie e Lamenti / Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi Claudio Monteverdi; Montserrat Figueras, Andrew Lawrence-King, Rolf Lislevand, Ton Koopman, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 1
2013 El Cant de la Sibil·la Jordi Savall & Montserrat Figueras 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 La Barcha d'Amore Montserrat Figueras, Hespèrion XX, Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall 1
2012 La voix de l'émotion Montserrat Figueras 1
The Voice of Emotion Montserrat Figueras 1

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