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José Carreras

Biography

José Carreras, among the renowned “3 Tenors,” was created Josep Carreras (Josep is his Catalan name, the same as the Castilian Spanish José) in Barcelona in 1946. He started singing at an extremely early age; family members lore retains that he serenaded people on the voyage house from Argentina when he was just five. He was motivated with the film biography THE FANTASTIC Caruso, starring Mario Lanza, and it is said to have discovered every single aria included within. Following a mere 2 yrs of tone of voice lessons, the youthful Carreras sang “La donna è cellular” from Verdi’s Rigoletto on Spanish Country wide Radio — a overall performance that is preserved and is roofed in another of his video biographies. He produced his professional operatic debut at age eleven in Manuel de Falla’s Un retablo de Maese Pedro. This original opera, created originally for any puppet theater, offers as you of its main roles an exceedingly difficult component for son soprano — a component so challenging that it’s rarely sung by way of a kid, usually taken rather by a grown-up mezzo-soprano. After his tone of voice changed, he used research with Francisco Puig, after that with Juan Ruax, whom Carreras right now respect as his “creative dad.” At Ruax’s encouragement, he auditioned in the Barcelona Liceo and got the small part of Flavio in Bellini’s Norma. This little break could have tremendous consequences, because it brought him into connection with the already-famous Montserrat Caballé, who was simply very taken using the youthful tenor and suggested him to her administration. The causing engagement, contrary Caballé in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia as Gennaro, is currently generally regarded his true debut being a tenor, and helped to start his profession. Carreras produced his American debut in 1972 at the brand new York Town Opera as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. His Covent Backyard debut (1974) was as Alfredo in La Traviata, and his initial appearance on the Salzburg Celebration is at Verdi’s Requiem on the demand of maestro Herbert von Karajan. He initial appeared on the Vienna Condition Opera because the Duke in Rigoletto (1974), on the Met exactly the same calendar year as Cavaradossi in Tosca, so when Riccardo in El Ballo in Maschera in 1975. By age 28 he previously currently sung 24 different assignments in the best opera homes of Europe as well as the Americas. This active schedule provided rise for some controversy: critics occasionally found his tone of voice strained and complained that he could end up being overtaxing himself. It had been not immediately regarded that this fatigue masked the starting point and advancement of the bloodstream disease leukemia, not really diagnosed until 1987, when it acquired reached an severe phase. It had been during his treatment which the Three Tenors sensation was created. Having competed ruthlessly with both Domingo and Pavarotti for ascendancy in the wonderful world of opera, he today struck up legitimate friendships with both guys, who backed him during his disease. Their 1st concert collectively was conceived like a fundraiser for the recently developed Josep Carreras International Leukemia Basis. It drew a live viewers in the thousands and a global viewership of tens of thousands. The resulting information and video clips were phenomenal retailers. Carreras is broadly displayed in operatic and concert recordings, several crossover recordings of varied styles, and a lot of video clips. He offers over 50 full opera recordings. His video biography, A Existence Story, including his struggle with leukemia, earned a global Emmy award.

Quick Facts


Full Name José Carreras
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Opera Singer
Education Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu
Nationality Spanish
Spouse Jutta Jäger, Mercedes Pérez
Children Albert Carreras, Julia Carreras
Parents Josep Carreras i Soler, Antònia Coll i Saigi
Awards Classic Brit Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Porin Award for Best Foreign Classical Music Album, Porin Award for Best Foreign Video Programme
Music Groups The Three Tenors
Music Songs Nessun dorma, Amigos Para Siempre, Core 'ngrato, En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor, Granada, Über sieben Brücken, Che gelida manina, Encore: 'O sole mio, Bernstein: West Side Story - Maria, Denza: Funiculì, funiculà, La donna e mobile, E' Lucevan Le Stelle, Già il sole dal gange, Sorozábal: La Taberna del Puerto / Act 2 - "No puede ser", Be my love, Cantique De Noël, Il lamento di Federico, Amore Perduto, Recondita armonia, Damunt de tu, només les flors, Amapola, Mille Cherubini, Donna non vidi mai, West Side Story "Tonight", Jurame, Amigos Para Siempre - Friends For Life, Turandot: "In questa reggia", Roso - Pel teu amor, A place far far away, La Fleur que tu m'avais jetée, Marechiare, Ave Maria
Albums Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert - Zubin Mehta, The Three Tenors: Paris 1998, Carmen, The Three Tenors Christmas, Christmas in Vienna, Il Corsaro (New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Lamberto Gardelli), Madama Butterfly, A Tenors Christmas, Il Trovatore (Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden feat. tenor: José Carreras, soprano: Katia Ricciarelli, baritone: Yuri Mazurok, mezo-soprano: Stefania Toczyska, conductor: Sir Colin Davis), Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila, Live in Vienna, Balada, L.: Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) [Opera], Live on Stage, Verdi: Il Trovatore (Highlights) (Eloquence), Sinopoli: Lou Salomé - Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Legendary Performances of Carreras, 25, Love Is..., Duetti Amorosi, Messa di Gloria, Tesoros de la Música Vol. III, José Carreras, Rossini: Otello, Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Porin Award for Best Video Program
Movies The Making of West Side Story, The 3 Tenors, Paris 1998, Caballé Beyond the Music, Luciano Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias, Mozart: The Requiem from Sarajevo, José Carreras & Friends, Andrea Chénier, Jose Carreras Collection: Salzburg Recital, Johann Strauss Gala, Sissel: Northern Lights, Opera Hits, Verdi Favorites, Highlights from La Scala, Jose Carreras: Sacred Songs, José Carreras: Jubileum Concert, The Tribute to Pavarotti: One Amazing Weekend in Petra, La Bohème, Concerto di Natale with Jose Carreras, Jose Carreras Collection: Montserrat Caballe & Jose Carreras, Christmas in Vienna, I Lombardi, Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), The Three Tenors in Concert: Dodger Stadium, Verdi: Requiem: Claudio Abbado, Jose Carreras Collection: Arias & Misa Criolla, Herbert von Karajan: Verdi: Requiem, Stiffelio, Jose Carreras: Jose Carreras Gala, Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Jose Carreras Collection: A Bolshoi Opera Night


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#Fact
1 Was the subject of a running joke on the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Doll (1996) where the characters can only remember the names of his colleagues, Domingo and Pavarotti, but because Carreras' name escapes them, they refer to him as "the other guy.".
2 Studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.
3 Member of the famous Three Tenors together with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in the 1990s.
4 After surviving leukemia, he founded the José Carreras Leukemia Foundation, a charity which gives financial support to leukemia research (1988).
5 Romantically involved with a young Polish model and photographer Patrycja Woy-Wojciechowska (b. 1975). They met orginally in 1993, at Carreras' concert in Poland, and have been together since 1997.
6 Opera singer


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
50 años de 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gossip Girl 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
1 quart de 3 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
José Carreras - Energia 2007 Video performer: "Herido de amor", "Pomba Branca", "'Na sera 'e maggio", "La Joia", "Un núvol blanc", "Amor Particular", "Mon enfance", "La chanson des vieux amants", "Haja o que Houver", "Passione", "Mandulinata a Napule"
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La nit al dia 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection 2006 Video performer: "Amigos para siempre"
Combien tu m'aimes? 2005 performer: "La Battaglia Di Legnano - Act III: Fra Queste Dense Tenebre & Campioni Della Morte" Composed by nm0006333
Terra Speranza 2002 TV Series performer: "Amore Perduto"
Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story 2000 TV Special documentary performer: "Che v' agita cosi?"
Bats 1999 performer: "Excerpts from 'Lucia Di Lammermoor'"
Three Tenors '98 World Cup Paris 1998 TV Special performer: "Lo Conosco un Giardino", "T'estimo", "Sous le ciel de Paris", "Solamente Una Vez", "Maria, Mari", "Torero Quiero", "Parlami d'Amore", "Tu, Ca Nun Chiagne", "Manha de Carnaval", "Ti Voglio Tanto Bene", "Voce 'e Notte/Quiero Desterrar de Tu Pecho el Temor", "Caruso", "Intenditi con Dio", "'O surdato 'nnammurato", "Ay, ay, ay", "Lolita", "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Hoodlum 1997 performer: "E Lucevon Le Stelle"
Only You 1994 performer: "Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici" - as José Carreras
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 1994 TV Special performer: "O Souverain! Ô Juge! Ô Père!", "With a Song in my Heart", "My Way", "Moon River", "Singin' in the Rain", "Tu, ca nun chiagne", "E lucevan le stelle", "America", "All I Ask of You", "Funiculì Funicul
Hector Berlioz: Te Deum 1992 TV Movie "Te Deum"
Cerimònia de clausura jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie performer: "Friends for Life Amigos para siempre"
Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie performer: "Himno a la alegría" - as Josep Carreras
Wurlitzer 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Zauberhafte Weihnacht im Land der 'Stillen Nacht' 2015 TV Movie performer: "White Christmas"
Udo Jürgens - Mitten im Leben 2014 TV Movie performer: "Mein größter Wunsch"
Gent de paraula 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Once Upon a Time... 2013 Video short performer: "Ah! finalmente!"
No me la puc treure del cap 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Memòries de la tele 2007-2010 TV Series performer - 6 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stiffelio 1993 TV Movie Stiffelio
Weltstars singen Weihnachtslieder 1992 TV Movie Singer (voice)
Hector Berlioz: Te Deum 1992 TV Movie Tenor
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore 1992 Video
Medea 1989/I TV Movie Jason
La Bohème 1988 La voce di Rodolfo (singing voice)
Carmen 1987 TV Movie Don José
Top Kids 1987 TV Movie Enrico Caruso
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos 1986 TV Movie Don Carlos, Infante of Spain
Romanza final (Gayarre) 1986 Julián Gayarre
Hérodiade 1985 TV Movie Joan (as Josep Carreras)
Andrea Chénier 1985/II TV Movie Andrea Chenier
I lombardi alla prima crociata 1984 TV Movie Oronte
Turandot 1983/II TV Movie Kalaf, sein Sohn
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1982 TV Series Rodolfo
Lucia di Lammermoor 1982 TV Movie Sir Edogardo di Raveswood
Le bal masqué 1981 TV Movie Ricardo / Gustave III
La Tosca 1981 TV Movie Mario Cavaradossi
La forza del destino 1978 TV Movie Don Alvaro
Adriana Lecouvreur 1976 TV Movie Maurizio
Verdi: Kageki 'Tubakihime' Zenkyoku 1973 TV Movie Alfredo

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie musical director

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zauberhafte Weihnacht im Land der 'Stillen Nacht' 2015 TV Movie Himself
Pappano's Classical Voices 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Evening Urgant 2015 TV Series Himself
L'últim partit. 40 anys de Johan Cruyff a Catalunya 2014 Documentary Himself (as Josep Carreras)
Udo Jürgens - Mitten im Leben 2014 TV Movie Himself
José Carreras Gala 1995-2013 TV Series Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Òpera en texans 2013 TV Series Himself
El convidat 2012 TV Series Himself
TeleMonegal 2012 TV Series Himself
Stoichkov 2012 Documentary Himself
Els matins a TV3 2012 TV Series Himself
Àgora 2012 TV Series Himself
Página 2 2011 TV Series Himself
Divendres 2011 TV Series Himself
8 al dia 2011 TV Series Himself
BBC Proms 2010 TV Series Himself
Legenden 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Imagine 2003-2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Tenor / Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2009 TV Series Himself
Hora Q 2009 TV Series Himself
En noches como ésta 2009 TV Series Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
El Liceu a la platja. Recital Josep Carreras 2008 TV Movie Himself (as Josep Carreras)
Wiener Opernball 2008 TV Series Himself
José Carreras - Energia 2007 Video Himself
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
The New 7 Wonders of the World 2007 TV Movie Himself
La nit al dia 2006 TV Series Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2006 TV Series Himself
El club 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Senyores i senyors 2005 TV Series Himself
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1988-2004 TV Series Himself
DR-Explorer: Vandenes moder 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Opera singer (uncredited)
Entre línies 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
La noche abierta 1999-2002 TV Series Himself
Mundo VIP 1996-2001 TV Series Himself
Nit d'arts 1999-2001 TV Series Himself
Great Tenor Performances 2000 Video documentary
Musik ohne Grenzen 2000 TV Movie Himself
José Carreras: Christmas Concert 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Three Tenors Christmas 1999 TV Special
Three Tenors '98 World Cup Paris 1998 TV Special Himself
Peter Maffay: Begegnungen 1998 Video documentary Himself
Redes 1997 TV Series Himself
The Three Tenors at Giants Stadium 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1994-1996 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself
Persones humanes 1995 TV Series Himself
Mozart: The Requiem from Sarajevo 1994 TV Special documentary Tenor
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 1994 TV Special Tenor
The Vision: The Making of the 'Three Tenors in Concert' 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself
Tres senyores i un senyor 1993 TV Series Himself
La Lloll 1993 TV Series Himself
La Marató de TV3 1992 TV Special Himself (as Josep Carreras)
Bon dia, Catalunya 1992 TV Series Himself
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 1992 TV Series Himself
Cerimònia de clausura jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie Himself - Performer (as Josep Carreras)
Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie Himself (as Josep Carreras)
Guest Night 1992 TV Series
The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1992 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer
A Christmas Celebration: Send Round the Song 1992 TV Movie documentary Singer of Misericordia
Lo mejor de la Expo'92 Sevilla 1992 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
José Carreras: My Barcelona 1991 TV Movie Himself
Aspel & Company 1991 TV Series Himself
Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert 1990 TV Movie documentary Tenor
Achtung! - Klassik 1990 TV Series Himself
Viva el espectáculo 1990 TV Series Himself
Le grand échiquier 1981-1989 TV Series Himself
Sábado noche 1988 TV Series Himself
La nit 1988 TV Movie Himself - Performer (as Josep Carreras)
Dilluns, dilluns 1988 TV Series Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1984-1988 TV Series Himself
Per molts anys 1985 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'West Side Story' 1985 TV Movie documentary Tony
Identitats 1985 TV Series Himself
Especial Nochevieja 1984: Viva 85 1984 TV Movie Himself - Performer
United Nations Day Concert 1984 TV Movie Himself (tenor)
The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala 1983 TV Special Tenor
Terenci a la fresca 1983 TV Series Himself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1975 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Austropop-Legenden 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Duels 2016 TV Series documentary
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Die Ringstraße - Trilogie eines Boulevards 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Himself
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2010 TV Series Himself
Memòries de la tele 2007-2010 TV Series Himself
Catalunya.cat 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
1 quart de 3 2008 TV Series Himself
La rentadora 2007 TV Series Himself
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection 2006 Video Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Hitlisten des Nordens 2004 TV Series
Caballé, más allá de la música 2003 Documentary Himself
Without Walls 1992 TV Series documentary
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: My World of Opera 1991 TV Movie documentary Chénier
Wurlitzer 1985 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Best Music International The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 (1994)
1993 Bambi Bambi Awards Classical Music


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