Opera Singer Wows Isolated Neighbours During Lockdown

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

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This is the incredible moment a professional opera singer belts out a tender song for cooped-up neighbours during the COVID-19 lockdown in Spain – and she was such a big hit she has promised to perform a song every night.

Soprano singer Begona Alberdi is currently isolated with her husband in their apartment on Calabria Street in Eixample in the city of Barcelona in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia following the government’s lockdown on Sunday.

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Alberdi told Newsflash: “It was 8pm and neighbours applauded hospital workers and we cheered them on too. It was so moving to see everybody coming together to thank them.

“It touched me and I thought, we live in a very cool world.”

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She added: “I thought I want to sing and my husband told me ‘do it then’ so I started singing.”

In the footage, neighbours are heard saying “wow” as Alberdi’s operatic tones fill the air and residents watch from their balconies.

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At one point, the cameraperson is heard choking up at the beauty of Alberdi’s singing.

Footage of the incident has been widely shared on social media and Alberdi told Newsflash: “A friend of mine who lives nearby told me about the videos and now everyone is asking me to sing every day.

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“It is so beautiful and I will continue to carry on during the whole lockdown, one song every evening.

Alberdi joked: “I have performed at the Liceu [Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona] 273 times and now it seems I have become famous for singing at my window!”

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The opera singer has over 30 years of experience and has also performed in New York.

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Alberdi also appears to be living up to her promise of performing one song every evening as she reportedly entertained neighbours again the following night.

She told Newsflash: “Now is time to stay at home. We will have time to go on walks and do normal stuff later, this is a life lesson, to make us feel that common objectives can be accomplished after this.”

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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