Carreras, José

Carreras, José
b. 1946, Barcelona
   Opera singer
   Known the world over as one of the famous "three tenors" (with Pavarotti and Domingo), José (Josep in his native Catalan) Carreras hails from a workingclass area of Barcelona. Carreras" singing talent was recognized at an early age, and his love of opera began when he saw a film of Caruso in Barcelona in 1953. At the age often he played the part of the little boy who introduces the puppet show to Don Quixote in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter's Puppet Show). This part is normally mimed by a boy actor while a soprano sings offstage, but such was the quality of the young Carreras" voice that he sang the part himself. He acquired a thorough knowledge of music at an early age, and, following a brief period during which he studied chemistry at university, he dedicated himself fully to opera, as an exponent of the bel canto style.
   Carreras made his official début in 1970 at the Liceu Theatre in Barcelona—one of the major opera centres of Europe—playing opposite Montserrat Caballé in Lucrezia Borgia. His international career took off in the early 1970s, with performances at London's Festival Hall and the New York City Hall. He played Alfredo in La Traviata at London's Covent Garden in 1974. He was often typecast as the Romantic hero, and played dashing roles in Tosca, La Bohème, Werther and Don Carlos. He is best-known for the role which is his own favourite: the jealous Don José in Bizet's Carmen. He has also played a number of political roles (as in Giordano's Andrea Chénier in 1979), which Carreras has associated with his own strong sense of justice and democracy.
   By the early 1980s he was famous enough to give solo concerts. He also ventured into other areas, recording West Side Story with Bernstein and playing the part of Rodolfo in a film version of La Bohème. It was while shooting this film that it was discovered that Carreras had leukaemia. He was given only a 10 percent chance of surviving the illness, but he not only recovered but, remarkably, was able fully to resume his singing career. He founded the José Carreras International Leukae-mia Foundation, and raised money for it at selected concerts. The most celebrated of these was the Three Tenors concert at the Football World Cup in Italy in 1990. The tenors have subsequently repeated the experience (for example at the USA World Cup in 1994), and Carreras was musical director at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
   See also: opera

Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture. 2013.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Carreras, José — ► (n. 1946) Tenor español. Debutó en 1970. Intérprete de un repertorio básicamente italiano, en 1986 recibió el premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • José Carreras — Josep Carreras José Carreras en 2001 au Royal Albert Hall, Londres Nom de naissance Josep Carreras i Coll Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jose Carreras — José Carreras José Carreras (2001) José Carreras (en catalan Josep Carreras i Coll), né en 1946, est un chanteur d’opéra (ténor) espagnol, réputé pour ses interprétations d œuvres de Verdi et Puccini …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Carreras — Carreras, José * * * (as used in expressions) autos acondicionados, carreras de autos deportivos, carreras de carreras de fondo cuarto de milla, carreras de sulky, carreras de trineos …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • José Carreras — Josep Carreras i Coll (born December 5, 1946, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish Catalan tenor. One of the most prominent opera singers of his generation, and particularly eminent in the operas of Verdi and… …   Wikipedia

  • Jose Carreras — Josep Carreras 2001 Josep Carreras i Coll [ʒuˈzɛp kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ] (* 5. Dezember 1946 in Barcelona), außerhalb Spaniens bekannter unter seinem spanischen Namen José Carreras [xoˈse kaˈreɾas], ist ein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • José Carreras — Josep Carreras 2001 Josep Carreras i Coll [ʒuˈzɛp kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ] (* 5. Dezember 1946 in Barcelona), außerhalb Spaniens bekannter unter seinem spanischen Namen José Carreras [xoˈse kaˈreɾas], ist ein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • José Carreras — Para otros usos de este término, véase José Carreras (militar). José Carreras José Carreras en 2011 …   Wikipedia Español

  • José — Josef, auch Joseph (hebr. iosef = Gott fügt hinzu) ist ein männlicher biblischer Vorname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Varianten 1.1 Weibliche Formen 2 Gedenktage 3 Bekannte Namensträger …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • José Miguel Carrera — Verdugo (* 15. Oktober 1785 in Santiago de Chile; † 4. September 1821, hingerichtet in Mendoza, Argentinien) war lateinamerikanischer Nationalheld und chilenischer Politiker. Er gehörte zur Carrera Familie: Sohn von …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”