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Spanish soprano’s bid to join club rejected

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Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe lost her bid to become one of the first female members to join a formerly all-male club after being rejected in a secret vote during the weekend.

Caballe and nine other women were backed by 60 percent of members at the Liceu club, which takes its name from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's opera house. The club requires two-thirds support, the national news agency Efe reported.

Caballe declined to comment on the rejection, Efe reported.

Three men, however, had their applications approved in the ballot. Under club rules, the 10 women must wait five years before they can resubmit applications, Efe said.

Succumbing to social pressure, the Liceu last month ditched the club's 150-year-old tradition of barring women.

The club, with 1,131 members, is housed next to the port city's renowned opera house. It was founded in 1847 in the style of British men-only upper-class clubs.