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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
1Qu'on exécute la sentence Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B B T TLanguage: French

Roles: Adhemar/A Herald/Gaston/Raymond
2Benedette queste carte Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Giannetta/Nemorino
3Caro elisir sei mio Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino
4Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino
5Esulti pur la Barbara Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.16-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino
6Andiam Belcore Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino/Belcore
7Ma dunque e vero Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Maurizio
8A voi tutti salute! Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.20

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfio/Turiddu/Lola
9De miei bollenti spiriti Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
10Ne rispondi d'un padre all affetto Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
11Lunge da lei Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
12O mio rimorso! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
13Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
14Ogni suo aver tal femmina Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.19

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Gastone/Barone/Dottore/Marchese
15Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
16Ah! non piu a un tempio Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
17Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
18Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
19Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
20Alle fiere chi oltraggia gli Dei Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.06

Type: ensembleVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
21Eh! facciamo da buoni amici Popularity:

Opera: Giorno di regno, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13

Type: ensembleVoice: T Br B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
22Che bosco e quello Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04?

Type: ensembleVoice: B Br S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
23Che la plebe or qui si arroga Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.08

Type: quintet,choirVoice: B S Mz Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvise/Gioconda/Laura/Barnaba/Enzo
24Non sai tu che se l'anima mia Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
25Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
26Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
27Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
28L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
29Di rigori armato il seno Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Italian singer
30Credo a una possanza arcana Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
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