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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
1Tu possedes dit on Popularity:

Opera: Juive, LaComposer: HalevyAct: 2

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: French

Roles: Léopold/Eléazar/Eudoxie
2Ogni 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
3Ecco i giocattoli di Parpignol Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Parpignol/Rodolfo/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello
4L'onda de suoni mistici Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Ruiz
5Un giuramento atroce mi costringe Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emperor/Calaf
6Deh! scusa i trasporti Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norfolk/Leicester
7Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
8Veleno e l'aura Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poliuto/A Christian
9Tu sei commosso Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nearco/Poliuto
10Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
11Vieni amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: Voice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio/Goro
12Dell elisir mirabile Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nemorino/Giannetta/Adina/Dulcamara
13Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
14Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
15Mais venez donc! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Sophie/Charlotte
16Dieu nous sépare Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: French

Roles: Gaston/Hélène/Roger
17Lasciami in pace morire omai Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: quintetVoice: T S Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poliuto/Paolina/Severo/Felice/Nearco
18Suvvia cosi terribile Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.09-1

Type: quintet,finaleVoice: T S Br T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Nedda/Tonio/Beppe/Silvio
19Signori oggi d'Ulrica Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: T S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
20Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
21Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
22Eccola va mi lascia Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
23Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
24Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
25Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
26Donna malvagio vision gradita Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.03-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poliuto/Paolina
27Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
28E il sol dell'anima Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Gilda
29Vogliatemi bene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
30Piangi il tuo dolore Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Luisa
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