‘Women of Ciutat Vella’ walk

The first woman to obtain a university degree, a variety artist, an art nouveau painter, one of the finest sopranos of the second half of the 20th century, the architect of the Catalan state education system, and many more women at one time lived in the Ciutat vella, Barcelona’s old quarter.

Some of them you probably know, like Montserrat Caballé, or maybe their name rings a bell (Isabel Güell?).

Taking the Women of Ciutat Vella Walk, organised by Barcelona Turisme, will introduce you to many women and the streets and squares they frequented, a nice way to get to know their hidden histories connected with this district and its architectonic beauties.

Conxita Badia and her pupils

Apart from being a gifted performer, Conxita Badia was an inspiring teacher. Music students from all over the world came to Barcelona just for her. Among them was the Catalan Montserrat Caballé who became a singer whose talent is recognized worldwide.

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Conxita Badia and her student Montserrat Caballé

Conxita also travelled around Europe and the America’s to give singing lessons, for example the summer courses in the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the prestigious yearly courses in Santiago de Compostela.

To honour Conxita Badia one of the auditoriums of the Conservatory of Barcelona and another in the Civic Centre of Sarrià (Barcelona) are named after her, as well as a square in Barcelona (Sant Martí) and two streets in Sant Pol de Mar (Maresme) and Castellbisball (Vallès Occidental). The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México created the Conxita Badia Chair.

In case you want to know more about her, go to the page ‘Conxita Badia, singer‘. Photos: @Fons Conxita Badia, Biblioteca de Catalunya.

Soprano Montserrat Caballé about her teacher Conxita Badia

She was unique, unique, all the monuments they could create for her would be too few and if I should be good enough as to leave a mark, the one that I had to leave would be hers.

Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018) was one of Conxita Badia‘s pupils.

Conxita Badia and Montserrat Caballé

Photo: @Fons Conxita Badia, Biblioteca de Catalunya.

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