José Carreras

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Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛp kəˈreɾəs]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Spanish tenor from Catalonia 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Ave Maria Wiener Sängerknaben, José Carreras, Wiener Symphoniker, Uwe Christian Harrer 1
1983 Carmen (1982 studio cast) Georges Bizet; Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, José van Dam, Katia Ricciarelli, Chœur de l’Opéra de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1984 Tosca Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1984 Puccini: Messa di Gloria Giacomo Puccini; The Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, José Carreras, Hermann Prey 1
1985 Requiem Verdi; Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, José van Dam, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chor der Nationaloper Sofia, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1987 Merry Christmas Jose Carreras 1
1988 Madama Butterfly (1987 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, José Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Juan Pons, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1988 Aida Verdi; Freni, Baltsa, Carreras, Cappuccilli, van Dam, Raimondi, Ricciarelli, Moser, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan 1
1988 Misa Criolla Ariel Ramírez; José Carreras 2
1990 Recital de canciones José Carreras 1
1991 Arias Giuseppe Verdi feat. José Carreras 1
1991 José Carreras & Friends Sing Operatic Arias, Duets & Popular Songs José Carreras 2
1991 La bohème (1987 film cast) Giacomo Puccini; Barbara Hendricks, José Carreras, Gino Quilico, Angela Maria Blasi, Chœur de Radio France, Maîtrise de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, James Conlon 1
1991 The Greatest Tenors: Carreras José Carreras 1
1993 Christmas Favorites From The World's Favorite Tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti 1
1993 With a Song in My Heart: A Tribute to Mario Lanza José Carreras 1
1994 La bohème (1978 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Håkan Hagegård, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis 2
1994 Zarzuelas José Carreras 1
1996 Passion José Carreras 1
1998 Love Songs from Spain José Carreras 1
1999 Manon Lescaut (1987 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly 1
1999 Tu Tu Amore: Puccini's Greatest Love Songs Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti 1
1999 Pure Passion José Carreras 1
2001 Tosca Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2005 Together Strong José Carreras 1
2008 The Three Tenors at Christmas Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo 1
Adriana Lecouvreur Cilea; Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Gianfranco Masini 1
Christmas With Pavarotti & Carreras Luciano Pavarotti / José Carreras 1
Hollywood Golden Classics José Carreras 1
The Best of Jose Carreras José Carreras 1
The Solo Collection José Carreras 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 You Belong to My Heart José Carreras 1
1991 The Essential José Carreras José Carreras 1
1992 José Carreras Sings Hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber José Carreras 1
1992 Amigos Para Siempre - Friends for Life José Carreras 1
1992 Giganten Der Oper Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras 1
1992 José Carreras Classics José Carreras 1
1992 The Tenors Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti 5 1
1993 Memories José Carreras 1
1993 Legendary Tenors: Jose Carreras Jose Carreras 1
1995 An Evening With José Carreras José Carreras 1
1999 Three Tenors Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti 1
2003 Opera Arias José Carreras 1
2004 Festliche Weihnacht Luciano Pavarotti & José Carreras 1
2005 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of José Carreras José Carreras 1
2006 Christmas with the 3 Legendary Tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti 1
2008 Mediterranean Passion José Carreras 1
2009 Ténors Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras 1
2009 The José Carreras Collection José Carreras 1
José Carreras José Carreras 1
Jose Carreras and Friends Jose Carreras and Friends 1
The Essential José Carreras 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 In Concert José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta 5
1996 A Celebration of Christmas José Carreras, Natalie Cole & Plácido Domingo 1
1998 The 3 Tenors: Paris 1998 José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti with James Levine 5 1
2002 Le Gala José Carreras & Rossana Potenza 1
2003 Junts Lluís Llach i Josep Carreras 1
2012 Aida Giuseppe Verdi; José Carreras, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Amigos para siempre (Friends for Life) José Carreras & Sarah Brightman 1
1998 You'll Never Walk Alone José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Jose Carreras Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber José Carreras 1
1996 Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Matteo Manuguerra, Julia Hamari, Astrid Varnay, Renata Scotto, Ugo Benelli, Sir Thomas Allen, Leslie Fyson 1
2012 Boleros and Love Songs of Spain José Carreras 1
Jose Carreras In Concert José Carreras 1
Sings Catalan Songs José Carreras 1

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