Soprano Montserrat Caballé Charged with Tax Evasion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 05:26 PM

Montserrat Caballé, one of the world's best-known sopranos, has been charged with tax evasion for failing to declare 500,000 euros (about $700,000) of concert income.

The 81-year-old singer is due to appear in a Catalonian court on May 9 for not declaring a bank account registered in Andorra, a tiny principality bordered by Spain and France. A court document reviewed by Reuters alleges that the singer gave a series of lucrative concerts in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Russia in 2010, which brought her more than 2 million euros that tax year.

Caballé's opera career stretched over some 50 years. She became famous for her bel canto roles at major opera houses although the general public may know her best from an appearance with the late Freddie Mercury during the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics in her home town of Barcelona.

Spain has been cracking down on tax evasion as it attempts to fill a large public deficit amassed during its prolonged economic crisis. Caballé has not responded to several media requests for comment on the charges.

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Barry Owen Furrer

It sounds as if this is Ms. Caballe's most taxing role of her career.

May. 03 2014 06:00 AM
Tubsinger from CT

Tax sheltering is not uncommon. Tax authorities accusing people of availing themselves of them are not uncommon--right or wrong. Before one makes assumptions it would be helpful to get the facts. Not all prosecutions for tax strategies hold water. Tax shelters such as Andorra (and others) exist for a reason, like it or not. In the US, residence issues among states are rampant as well.

May. 02 2014 09:52 PM
Bernie from UWS

@Squirrel, and yet, you clicked on the story. To me it falls in the same category as Gergiev's political foibles: it makes me appreciate her work just a bit less.

May. 02 2014 08:19 PM
Squirrel from The tree

This falls under the category of I don't care. Caballe as a contributor to music is magnificent; lacking ethics is sadly all too common among we humans, and rarely worthy of a newsflash.

May. 02 2014 06:29 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

confiscatory government all over the damn place. Our dear government will charge income tax on income earned ABROAD. That is so they can buy drones, invade countries but fail to come up for funds for infrastructure. What b--s.

May. 01 2014 08:44 AM

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