José Carreras

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Biography

Born: December 5, 1946   Country: Spain  
José Carreras, one of the legendary "Three Tenors," was born Josep Carreras (Josep is his Catalan name, the equivalent of the Castilian Spanish José) in Barcelona in 1946. He began singing at a very early age; family lore holds that he serenaded passengers on a voyage home from Argentina when he was only five. He was inspired by the film biography The Great Caruso, starring Mario Lanza, and is said to have learned each and every aria contained Read more within.
After a mere two years of voice lessons, the young Carreras sang "La donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto on Spanish National Radio -- a performance that has been preserved and is included in one of his video biographies. He made his professional operatic debut at the age of eleven in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro. This unique opera, written originally for a puppet theater, has as one of its primary roles an exceptionally difficult part for boy soprano -- a part so challenging that it is rarely sung by a child, usually taken instead by an adult mezzo-soprano.
After his voice changed, he took up studies with Francisco Puig, then with Juan Ruax, whom Carreras now regards as his "artistic father." At Ruax's encouragement, he auditioned at the Barcelona Liceo and landed the small role of Flavio in Bellini's Norma. This small break would have enormous consequences, since it brought him into contact with the already-famous Montserrat Caballé, who was very taken with the young tenor and recommended him to her management. The resulting engagement, opposite Caballé in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia as Gennaro, is now generally considered his real debut as a tenor, and helped to launch his career.
Carreras made his American debut in 1972 at the New York City Opera as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. His Covent Garden debut (1974) was as Alfredo in La Traviata, and his first appearance at the Salzburg Festival was in Verdi's Requiem at the request of maestro Herbert von Karajan. He first appeared at the Vienna State Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto (1974), at the Met the same year as Cavaradossi in Tosca, and as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera in 1975.
By the age of 28 he had already sung 24 different roles in the leading opera houses of Europe and the Americas. This busy schedule gave rise to some controversy: critics sometimes found his voice strained and complained that he might be overtaxing himself. It was not immediately recognized that this tiredness masked the onset and development of the blood disease leukemia, not diagnosed until 1987, when it had reached an acute phase.
It was during his treatment that the Three Tenors phenomenon was born. Having competed ruthlessly with both Domingo and Pavarotti for ascendancy in the world of opera, he now struck up genuine friendships with both men, who supported him during his illness. Their first concert together was conceived as a fundraiser for the newly created Josep Carreras International Leukemia Foundation. It drew a live audience in the tens of thousands and an international viewership of tens of millions. The resulting records and videos were phenomenal sellers.
Carreras is widely represented in operatic and concert recordings, numerous crossover recordings of various styles, and a large number of videos. He has over 50 complete opera recordings. His video biography, A Life Story, which included his battle with leukemia, won an international Emmy award. Read less
Zarzuela! - Spanish Operetta / Carreras, Berganza, Et Al
Release Date: 10/26/2004   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92380   Number of Discs: 3
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Verdi: Don Carlo / Karajan, Freni, Baltsa, Carreras, Raimondi
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 876133   Number of Discs: 3
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Born: December 5, 1946   Country: Spain  
José Carreras, one of the legendary "Three Tenors," was born Josep Carreras (Josep is his Catalan name, the equivalent of the Castilian Spanish José) in Barcelona in 1946. He began singing at a very early age; family lore holds that he serenaded passengers on a voyage home from Argentina when he was only five. He was inspired by the film biography The Great Caruso, starring Mario Lanza, and is said to have learned each and every aria contained Read more
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Verdi: Il Corsaro - Prelude
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "Come liberi volano i venti"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "Ah! sì, ben dite.." - "Tutto parea sorridere" - "Del- la brezza col favore"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "Si: de'corsari il fulmine"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "Egli non riede ancora!"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "Non so le tetre immagini"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "E pur tristo, o Medora"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 1 - "No, tu non sai comprendere" - "Tornerai, ma forse spenta"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Oh qual perenne gaudio t'aspetta"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Né sulla terra creatura alcuna" - "Vola talor dal carcere" - "Seide celebra non gioia e festa"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Ah conforto è sol la speme"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Sol grida di festa" - "O prodi miei, sorgete"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Salve, Allah!"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Giunge un Dervis" - "Di': que'ribaldi tremano"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Resta ancora"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Audace cotanto mostrarti pur sai?"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 2 - "Signor, trafitti giaconno"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Alfin questo corsaro è mio prigione!"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Cento leggiadre vergini" - "Ma togliam dall'anima"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "S'avvicina il tuo momento"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Eccola!...fingasi." - "Sia l'istante maledetto"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Eccomi prigionero!"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Ei dorme?"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Seid la vuole" - "Non sai tu che sulla testa"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Sul capo mio discenda"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "La terra, il ciel m'abborino..."
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Voi tacete..."
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "Per me infelice"
Verdi: Il Corsaro - Act 3 - "O mio Corrado, appressati"
No. 3. I' vidi in terra angelici
No. 2. Benedetto sia 'l giorno
No. 1. Pace non trovo
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera - Overture
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Posa in pace"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "S'avanza il conte - La rivedrà nell'estasi"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Il cenno mio"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Alla vita che t'arride"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Volta la terrea"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - Signori: "oggi d'Ulrica"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Zitti...l'incanto non dèssi turbare"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Su, fatemi largo"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Che v'agita cosi?"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Su, profetessa"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Di'tu se fedele"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Chi voi siate"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "E scherzo od è follia"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "Finisci il vaticinio"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - Preludio
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Ecco l'orrido campo"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Teco io sto"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "M'ami, m'ami"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Ahimè. S'appressa alcun"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Seguitemi"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 2 - "Ve', se di notte"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "A tal colpa"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Morrò, ma prima in grazia"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Alzati; là tuo figlio"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Siam soli. Udite"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Il messaggio entri"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Forse la soglia attinse"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Ma se m'è forza perderti"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Ah! dessa è là"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Saper vorreste"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Ah! perché qui! fuggite"
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 3 - "Ella è pura"
Introduction
"Wie du warst!"
"Marie Theres'!" - "Octavian!"
"Quinquin, es ist mein Mann!"
"Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihro Gnaden"
"Hat Sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier"
"Nein, er agiert mir gar zu gut!"
"I komm' glei"
"Di rigori armato il seno"
"Als Morgengabe"
"Mein lieber Hippolyte"
"Da geht er hin"
"Ach! Du bist wieder da!"
"Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding"
"Mein schöner Schatz"
"Ich werd' jetzt in die Kirchen gehn"
"Ich hab' ihn nicht einmal geküßt
Introduction - "Ein ernster Tag"
"In dieser feierlichen Stunde"
"Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"
"Ich kenn' Ihn schon recht wohl"
"Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger"
"Eh bien! Nun plauder Sie uns eins"
"Wird kommen über Nacht!"
"Wird Sie das Mannsbild da heiraten"
"Herr Baron von Lerchenau!"
"Mord! Mord! Mein Blut!"
"Er muß mich pardonieren"
"Is gut! Is gut! Ein Schluck"
"Da lieg' ich!"
"Ohne mich, ohne mich, jeder Tag dir so bang"
Introduction and Pantomime
"Hab'n Euer Gnaden noch weitre Befehle?"
"Nein, nein, nein, nein! I trink' kein Wein"
"Die schöne Musi!"
"Es ist ja eh all's eins"
"Halt! Keiner rührt sich!"
"Zur Stelle! Was wird von mir gewünscht?"
"Sind desto eher im klaren"
"Muß jetzt partout zu ihr!"
"Laß er nur gut sein und verschwind Er"
"Leopold, wir gehn!"
"Mein Gott, es war nicht mehr als eine Farce"
"Marie Theres'!" - "Hab mir's gelobt, Ihn lieb zu haben"
"Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein"
"Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein" - "Spür nur dich"
Massenet: Werther - Prélude
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Assez! Assez!" - "Noël! Jésus vient de naître!" - "Bravo pour les enfants!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Je ne sais si je veille" - "O Nature, pleine de grâce
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Jésus vient de naître!" - "Charlotte! Charlotte!" - "Ah! monsieur Werther!" - "Arriver donc, Brühlmann!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "O spectacle idéal d'amour et d'innoncence" - "Mon- sieur Werther!..." - "A ceux-là ne souhaitons rien!" "Vivat Bacchus!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Sophie!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Elle m'aime..elle pense à moi" - "Quelle prière" - Interlude orchestral"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Il faut nous séparer" - "Ah! Pourvu que je voie ces yeux"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Mais vous ne saver rien de moi" - "Mon âme a recon- nu votre âme" - "Vous avez dit vrai!" - "Si vous l'a- viez connue"
Massenet: Werther / Act 1 - "Rêve! Extase! Bonheur!" - "Charlotte! Charlotte! Al- bert est de retour!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - Prélude - "Vivat Bacchus! Semper vivat!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Trois mois! Voici trois mois que nous sommes unis!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Un autre est son époux!" - "J'aurais sur ma poitrine" - "Si Kätchen reviendra"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Mais celle qui devint ma femme" - "Vous l'avez dit, mon âme est loyale"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Frère, voyez le beau bouquet!" - "Du gai soleil, plein de flamme" - "Heureux! Pourrai-je l'être encore? - "Du gai soleil"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Ah! qu'il est loin" - "N'est-il donc pas d'autre fem- me ici-bas"
Massenet: Werther / Act 2 - "Lorsque l'enfant revient" - "Mais venez donc!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - Prélude
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Werther! Werther!..qui m'aurait dit" - "Ces lettres ...ah!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Bonjour, grande soeur!" - "Mais souffres-tu?" - "Ah le rire est béni!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Va! Laisse couler mes larmes" - "Les larmes qu'on ne pleure pas"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Ah! mon courage m'abandonne!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Oui, c'est moi!" - "Pourqoi cette parole" - "Traduire ...Ah!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "N'achevez pas!" - "Ciel, ai-je compris?" - "Non, vous ne verrez plus"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Ah! Moi! Moi! Dans ses bras!" - "Mais non, c'est im- possible" - "Prends le deuil, ô nature!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Werther est de retour"
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - La Nuit de Noël (orchestre)
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Werther!...Rien!.." - "Non, non c'est impossible!"
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Qui parle?"
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Oui, du jour même"
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Noël! Noël! Noël!" - "Oui, Noël c'est le chant de la délivrance"
Massenet: Werther / Act 4 - "Ah! Ses yeux se ferment.." - "Là-bas, au fond du ci- metière" - "Jésus vient de naître"
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 Remastered Version), Act I, Scene 1: Io l'ho perduta! (Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: Il duolo della terra (Un frate/Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: E lui! desso! L'infante! (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: Ascolta! Le porte dell'asil s'apron già (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 Remastered Version), Act I, Scene 1: Dio, che nell'alma infondere amor...(Carlo/Rodrigo/Coro/Un frate)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Nei giardin del bello..(Eboli/Tebaldo/Coro di Dame)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Non pianger, mia compagna (Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Coro/Filippo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 Remastered Version), Act II, Scene 2: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Coro)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Ella giammai m'amò (Filippo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: O don fatale, o don crudel (Eboli)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Son io, mio Carlo (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Per me giunto è il dì supremo (Rodrigo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Io morrò ma lieto in core (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act IV: Tu che le vanità (Elisabetta)
Preludio (Orchestra) ... O Lola ch'hai di latti la cammisa (Turiddu) from Cavalleria rusticana (1987 Remastered Version)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): Il cavallo scalpita (Alfio/Chorus)
Cavalleria rusticana: Regina Coeli ... Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto (1987 Remastered Version)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Santuzza/Mamma Lucia)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): No, no, Turiddu, rimani (Santuzza/Turiddu)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): Intermezzo (Orchestra)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): Viva il vino spumeggiante (Turiddu/Coro/Lola)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Remastered Version): Mamma, quel vino è generoso (Turiddu/Mamma Lucia/Santuzza/Una donna)
Pagliacci, Prologo: Si può? Si può? (Tonio)
Pagliacci, Atto Primo, Scena seconda/Scene 2/Zweite Szene/Deuxième Scène: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!...Hiu! Stridono lassù (Nedda)
Pagliacci, Atto Primo, Scena seconda/Scene 2/Zweite Szene/Deuxième Scène: E allor perché, di', tu m'hai stregato (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci, Atto Primo, Scena seconda/Scene 2/Zweite Szene/Deuxième Scène: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
No, Pagliaccio non son ... Suvvia, così terrible(Canio/Coro/Silvio/Nedda/Beppe/Tonio) from Pagliacci (1987 Remastered Version)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - ... E soffitto e pareti
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Sorride Vostro Onore?
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Dovunque al mondo
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ed è bella la sposa? (Sharpless, Goro, Pinkerton)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Amore O Grillo
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ecco. Son giunte al sommo del pendio
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Gran ventura
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - L'Imperial Commissario
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vieni, amor mio!
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ieri son salita tutta sola in segreto alla Missione
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Tutti zitti!
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - O Kami! O Kami!
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Bimba, bimba, non piangere
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Viene la sera
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - E Izaghi ed Izanami, Sarundasico e Kami
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremo
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - C'è. Entrate
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Yamadori, ancor le pene dell'amor non v'han deluso? (Butterfly, Yamadori, Sharpless, Goro)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Ora a noi. Sedete qui.
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Due cose potrei far
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - E questo? E questo?
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vespa! Rospo maledetto!
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vedrai, piccolo amor, mia pena e mio conforto (Butterfly, Suzuki)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - (Introduzione) "Oh eh! oh eh!" (Coro)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Già il sole!
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Chi sia?
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Io so che alle pene
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Addio fiorito asil
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Glielo dirai? / Prometto (Kate, Suzuki, Butterfly)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vespa! Voglio che tu risponda (Butterfly, Suzuki, Sharpless, Kate)
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Tu? tu? Piccolo Iddio! (Butterfly, Pinkerton)


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