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José Carreras

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Carreras was born in Barcelona, Spain, and exhibited musical talent from a young age. At age eight, he also gave his first public performance, singing La Donna e Mobile on Spanish national radio. At eleven, he appeared at the Liceu as a boy soprano in the role of the narrator in Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro and an urchin in the second act of La bohème.

In his teens, Carreras studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu. He made his debut at the Liceu as Flavio in Norma, coming to the attention of the famous soprano Montserrat Caballé, who sang the title role. She invited him to sing in a production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, his first major breakthrough.

Carreras also sang with Caballé in his 1971 London stage debut at age 24, a concert performance of Maria Stuarda. In subsequent years, the two singers sang in more than fifteen different operas together.

In 1972, he made his American debut as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. In 1974, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Duke of Mantua, as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House and as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. The following year, Carreras made his debut at La Scala as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera. By the age of 28, Carreras had sung the lead tenor in twenty-four different operas. During the 1970s, Carreras’s collaborations with fiery Hungarian soprano Sylvia Sass - both on stage and in the recording studio - were among the highlights of his amazing career.

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  • ixab_

    Core 'ngrato <3

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gargletheape

    The other guy!

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • soestdyik

    Creo que uno de los tenores más importantes que tenemos en este momento Fernando Villazón. Así como los tres tenores.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • jets1968

    One of the my favourite tenors with Domingo,Corelli,Di Stefano and Del Monaco.I really like him.

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Larintha

    Joined :D

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ANETA_WAWA

    ,,Hope for us" - duet with polish supersinger EDYTA GÓRNIAK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hb2qFQeZd0&feature=related

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • rosmaritbrum

    Perfect....

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • AlysonBrazil

    Hi people... Im ALyson From Brazil, I sing and like too much this kind of song.. PleasesWacth my video.. HUgs ans Thanks... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A79cIJzA3AA

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lylek

    Fantastic duet with Edyta Górniak!

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • astrojr

    El Concierto de Carreras la noche del 14 de Marzo de 2010 en Ciudad de México: Magnífico! Un concierto lleno de emociones, indescriptible la potencia de su voz y una excelente Sabina Puertolas cuya elegancia, porte y voz la hizo lucir genialmente junto al maestro Carreras. La orquesta, dirigida por Enrique Ricci. Si tienen oportunidad de verlo, es imperdible! (sólo un punto en contra en el evento: Un Auditorio Nacional Semivacío... defintivamente hay que difundir más la opera, abrir el horizonte a las generaciones!

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Tecnosara

    Excelente! Magnífico! Enfim, não tenho palavras, é simplesmente algo que faz muito bem aos meus ouvidos e a minha alma. Que Deus te abençoe imensamente. Jussara.

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ivanshello

    Знаменитый тенор Хосе Каррерас объявил о завершении оперной карьеры 62-летний певец, сумевший справиться с лейкемией, говорит, что больше не хочет придерживаться строгих рамок исполнения главных ролей в опере.

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • Tarkovsky86

    I created a group in honor of Franco Corelli. Join http://www.lastfm.es/group/Franco+Corelli

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • xelene_x

    I can't understand why people like Pavarotti over him. Carreras is amazing.

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Tarkovsky86

    I created a group in honor of Alfredo Kraus. Join http://www.lastfm.es/group/Alfredo+Kraus

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • theapril-sea

    incredible voice.just incredible

    15 May 2008 Reply
  • Luvi_88

    Well, I think it'd be pointless to comment his great voice: the extraordinary fact is that José Carreras really sings for the soul, and probably only people who can realize it, only people who can see his great soul and let themselves be overwhelmed by such a feeling, can really have a complete vision of his talent. It's necessary to have a particoular sensitivity, imho.

    10 Nov 2007 Reply
  • EvilynEvilyn

    In my opinion, he's the best of them. I can't understand why people seem to forget him.

    6 Sep 2007 Reply
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