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José Carreras

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Spanish
Year of Birth: 1946

About José Carreras:

Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan: ; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (/kəˈrɛərəs/, Spanish: ), is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.

Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles, performed in the world's leading opera houses and in numerous recordings. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation (La Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia), which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.

Carreras was born in Sants, a working class district in Barcelona. He was the youngest of Antònia Coll i Saigi and Josep Carreras i Soler's three children. In 1951, his family emigrated to Argentina in an unsuccessful search for a better life. However, within a year they had returned to Sants where Carreras was to spend the rest of his childhood and teenage years.

He showed an early talent for music and particularly singing, which intensified at the age of 6 when he saw Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso. The story recounted in his autobiography and numerous interviews is that after seeing the film, Carreras sang the arias incessantly to his family, especially "La donna è mobile", often locking himself in the family's bathroom when they became exasperated with his impromptu concerts. At that point, his parents, with the encouragement of his grandfather Salvador Coll, an amateur baritone, found the money for music lessons for him. At first he studied piano and voice with Magda Prunera, the mother of one of his childhood friends, and at the age of 8, he also started taking music lessons at Barcelona's Municipal Conservatory.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Wolgalied Popularity:

Opera: Zarewitsch, DerComposer: LéharAct:

Type: Voice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles:
2Wer uns getraut? Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.05

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Barinkay/Saffi
3Vous l'avez dit mon âme Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.04-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Werther
4Vous a t'on dit souvent Popularity:

Opera: Périchole, LaComposer: OffenbachAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles:
5Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
6Vois ma misere helas Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Samson
7Voi Cavaradossi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi
8Vogliatemi bene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
9Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
10Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
11Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia/Cavaradossi
12Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
13Vieni!..Lasciami! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-1

Type: quintet,choirVoice: Br cA B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/La Cieca/Alvise/Enzo/Gioconda
14Vieni amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: Voice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio/Goro
15Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
16Vidi dovunque gemere Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Stiffelio
17Via le fronde e mano Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
18Vesti la giubba Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
19Venti scudi Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Belcore
20Veleno e l'aura Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poliuto/A Christian
21Va je t'ai pardonn? Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
22Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
23Una parola o Adina Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
24Una furtiva lagrima Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
25Una cuffietta a pizzi Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S Br B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
26Un tal gioco credetemi Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
27Un grande spettacolo Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
28Un giuramento atroce mi costringe Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emperor/Calaf
29Un di felice eterea Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
30Un di all'azzuro spazio Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
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