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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
1Apri la tua finestra Popularity:

Opera: IrisComposer: MascagniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Osaka
2Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
3Pour mon ame Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Tonio
4Qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Norfolk/Elisabetta
5Dai campi dai prati Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
6Di rigori armato il seno Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Italian singer
7Vous a t'on dit souvent Popularity:

Opera: Périchole, LaComposer: OffenbachAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles:
8Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
9Incauta che festi! Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester
10Come rugiada al cespite Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
11Dal piu remoto esilio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
12Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
13Si di Corsari il fulmine Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Corrado
14Ah! finalmente! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/A Sacristan/Cavaradossi
15Tutto parea sorridere Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Corrado
16Odio solo ed odio atroce Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
17Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
18Il Principe di Bouillon Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.02

Type: septetVoice: Br B T T B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Quinault/Poisson/The Abbé/Prince/Jouvenot/Dangeville
19Tra voi belle brune e bionde Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
20Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
21Non ce bruit ce n'est rien Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Gaston/Hélène
22O Lola ch'hai di lattl la cammisa Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu
23O magnanima e prima Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo
24Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
25Mercé diletti amici Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ernani
26Quanto e bella quanto e cara Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
27Tu sei commosso Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nearco/Poliuto
28Di qua varcando Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Stiffelio
29Questa o quella Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
30S'avanza il Conte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
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