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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
301Hélène o ciel Gaston Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Hélène/Gaston
302L'emir auprès de lui m'appelle Popularity:

Opera: JérusalemComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Gaston
303Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tonio/Canio/Silvio/Nedda
304Ove son io Popularity:

Opera: Béatrice di TendaComposer: BelliniAct:

Type: recitative,duetVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

305Dieu que ma voix tremblante Popularity:

Opera: Juive, LaComposer: HalevyAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Eléazar
306Io resto Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
307Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
308Vous l'avez dit mon âme Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.04-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Werther
309Oh! Amelia ami un nemico Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: Voice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)
310Voi Cavaradossi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi
311Signori 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
312O Lola ch'hai di lattl la cammisa Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu
313Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
314Gavotta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: B Br Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo
315Che bosco e quello Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04?

Type: ensembleVoice: B Br S T MzLanguage: Italian

316Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
317Schiudi inferno inghiotti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: quartetVoice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Banco/Macbeth/Lady McB
318Si Kätchen reviendra Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Schmidt/Johann
319Tu sei commosso Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nearco/Poliuto
320La barca s'avvicina Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.07

Type: trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo/Laura
321Carlo se mai su te fogli Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
322Al mio dire perdono Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.04-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena/Andrea/Comtesse
323Eccomi prigioniero Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

324Oh! qual m'invade Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 1.19

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Stiffelio
325Fra mortali ancora oppressa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15-2

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Rodolfo/Walter/Luisa
326Mais vous ne savez rien Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
327Sei tu che piangi? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
328No no lasciatelo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-1

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T Br S S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Amelia/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
329Che avvien? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
330Quel nome! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù/Calaf/Turandot
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