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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
1Ah! mes amis Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Tonio
2Un autre est son époux! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Werther
3Fra poco a me ricovero Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo
4La dolcissima effigie Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio
5Recondita armonia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
6Me pellegrina ed orfana Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
7Un tal gioco credetemi Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
8Mamma, quel vino è generoso Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.21

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lucia
9Una furtiva lagrima Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino
10Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
11Credo a una possanza arcana Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
12Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
13Por el humo se sabe Popularity:

Opera: Dona FrancisquitaComposer: VivesAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Spanish

Roles:
14Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
15No puede ser Popularity:

Opera: Tabernera del PuerteComposer: SorozabalAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
16Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
17Si fui soldato Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.13

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
18Dal piu remoto esilio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
19Lascia ch'io pianga Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
20Addio fiorito asil Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton
21Deh! lasciate a un alma amante Popularity:

Opera: Giorno di regno, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edoardo
22Forse la soglia attinse Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
23Ah! la paterna mano Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff
24De miei bollenti spiriti Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
25O Souverain o Juge o Pere! Popularity:

Opera: Cid, LeComposer: MassenetAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Rodrigue
26Cielo e mar Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo
27Oh! qual m'invade Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 1.19

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Stiffelio
28Ne rispondi d'un padre all affetto Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
29Ah! pourvu que je voie Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Werther
30Or che piu non vedro Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jason
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