Though he sang and performed rock music, he enjoyed, studied, and sang many different kinds of music. That’s probably what influenced his unique style and made him so prolific — he was more than just the singer and frontman of a rock band. Freddie was a very talented musician.
One of his musical passions happened to be opera. He was absolutely thrilled when he was approached with the opportunity to collaborate with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé.
The two recorded the song “Barcelona,” which also became the theme song for the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, Montserrat’s hometown. The duo went on to record an album together by the same name. It was released in 1988, and the crossover album featured the song “How Can I Go On”, which is arguably one of the greatest achievements of Freddie’s solo career.
It’s easy to think of the star singer’s career in terms of his time with Queen, but in this single performance, he shows that he was a true musical genius, capable of taking on the most challenging of songs. It is not just his flawless vocals that stand out, but his stage presence and unmistakable passion and emotion that he brings to every note of the song.