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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
1Padre ricevi l'estremo addio Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: trio,finaleVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa/Rodolfo/Miller/Walter
2O mondo pieno di pazzi Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
3Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
4A voi tutti salute! Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.20

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfio/Turiddu/Lola
5Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
6Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
7Tu possedes dit on Popularity:

Opera: Juive, LaComposer: HalevyAct: 2

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: French

Roles: Léopold/Eléazar/Eudoxie
8Dieu nous sépare Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: French

Roles: Gaston/Hélène/Roger
9Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
10Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
11Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
12Su fatemi largo saper vo il mio fato Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: trioVoice: B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silvano/Ulrica/Riccardo
13L'avverso mio destino Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: trioVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Elisabetta
14Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
15Addio amore! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
16Ho una casa nell honan Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
17Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
18Via le fronde e mano Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
19La barca s'avvicina Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.07

Type: trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo/Laura
20Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
21E buona la mia Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12

Type: trioVoice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi/A Sacristan
22Bella speranza invero Popularity:

Opera: Giorno di regno, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.16-1

Type: trioVoice: Mz T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giulietta/Edoardo/Marchesa
23Ma chi vien? Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Barnaba/Laura
24Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
25Il primo giudice Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo/A judge
26Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
27Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
28Fior di giaggiolo Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Mz T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lola/Turiddu/Santuzza
29All armi all armi! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier/Manon
30Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
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