Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛp kəˈreɾəs]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Catalan 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.
- ^ Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne Kennedy The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music (5th edition), Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 0-19-920383-0
- ^ A further concert was to have taken place on 4 June 2005 in Monterrey, Mexico. Although it was originally billed as a Three Tenors concert, only Carreras, Domingo, and the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández performed. Luciano Pavarotti withdrew at the last moment for health reasons.
- ^ "José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation: Presentation". fcarreras.org. Retrieved 2012-12-27.