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Jose Carreras

One of contemporary opera's most celebrated figures, José Carreras was perhaps best known for his association with the Three Tenors, a distinction he shared with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Born December 5, 1946, in the Spanish region of Catalonia, Carreras' gifts were recognized at a young age; as a child he sang along with the recordings of Mario Lanza and Giuseppe di Stefano, and by the time he was 11 made his operatic debut as the narrator in de Falla's Master Peter's Puppet Show, produced at the famed Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona. At university, Carreras studied chemistry with the intent of joining the family cosmetics company; he nevertheless continued his voice lessons, however, and after winning the International Verdi Singing competition in Parma, Italy, his fate as a performer was sealed.

In 1971, Carreras made his international debut in a performance of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Festival Hall, London. A year later, he sang his first Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the New York City Opera; his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca came in 1974, and later that same year he appeared at London's Covent Garden, Vienna's Straatsoper, and Milan's Scala in Un Bolla in Maschera. In 1976, Carreras sang Verdi's Requiem at the Salzburg Easter Festival at the invitation of Herbert von Karajan; performances and recordings of various works followed, and over time the maestro and the tenor cultivated a remarkably strong artistic bond. Over the course of his career, Carreras recorded more than 50 complete operas and 40 classical and popular recitals; in 1992, he served as musical director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in his native Barcelona, and he also published an autobiography, José Carreras, Singing from the Soul, detailing his battle with leukemia. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Misa Criolla/Missa Luba/Misa Flamenca

1. Misa Criolla: 1. Kyrie (Vidala-Babuala)

2. Misa Criolla: 2. Gloria (Carnavalito-Yaraví)

3. Misa Criolla: 3. Credo (Chacarera Trunca)

4. Misa Criolla: 4. Sanctus (Carnaval Cochabambino)

5. Misa Criolla: 5. Agnus Dei (Estilo Pampeano)

6. Missa Luba An African Mass: 1. Kyrie

7. Missa Luba An African Mass: 2. Gloria

8. Missa Luba An African Mass: 3. Credo

9. Missa Luba An African Mass: 4. Sanctus

10. Missa Luba An African Mass: 5. Agnus Dei

11. Misa Flamenca: 1. Kyrie (La Caña)

12. Misa Flamenca - Arr. R. Fernandez De Latorre/J. Torregrosa: 2. Gloria (Cantes De Málaga)

13. Misa Flamenca - Arr. R. Fernandez De Latorre/J. Torregrosa: 3. Credo (Cantes Gitanos)

14. Misa Flamenca - Arr. R. Fernandez De Latorre/J. Torregrosa: 4. Sanctus (Cantes Del Campo)

15. Misa Flamenca - Arr. R. Fernandez De Latorre/J. Torregrosa: 5. Agnus Dei (Cantes De Cádiz)

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Track List: The Voice Volume 2

1. Marcelleo, Finalmente

2. Addio Fiorito Asil

3. Dovunque Am Mondo

4. Recondita Armonia

5. Ch'ella Mi Creda

6. Donna Non Vidi Mai

7. Nessun Dorma

8. La Partida

9. Vaga Lina, Che Inargenti

10. Anda Jaleo, Jaleo

11. Frondi Tenere...Ombra Mai Fu

12. Granada

13. Il Guiramento

14. O'Paradiso

15. Chiquitita La Novia

16. Del Cabello Mas Sutil

17. L'alba Separa Dell Luce L'ombra

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Track List: Boleros And Love Songs Of Spain (Remaster)

1. Solamente Una Vez

2. El Dia Que Me Quieras

3. Te Quiero, Dijiste

4. Jurame

5. Aquellos Ojos Verdes

6. Quireme Mucho

7. Amapola

8. Mattinata

9. Anema E Core

10. Concierto De Otono

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Track List: West Side Story: Highlights (1985 Studio Recording)

Title: West Side Story, Musical

1. West Side Story, Musical: Prologue

2. West Side Story, Musical: Jet Song

3. West Side Story, Musical: Something's Coming

4. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Blues

5. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Promenade

6. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Mambo

7. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Cha-cha

8. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Meeting Scene

9. West Side Story, Musical: The Dance At The Gym - Jump

10. West Side Story, Musical: Maria

11. West Side Story, Musical: Balcony Scene (Tonight)

12. West Side Story, Musical: America

13. West Side Story, Musical: Cool

14. West Side Story, Musical: One Hand, One Heart

15. West Side Story, Musical: Tonight (Ensemble)

16. West Side Story, Musical: The Rumble

17. West Side Story, Musical: I Feel Pretty

18. West Side Story, Musical: Ballet Sequence (Beginning)

19. West Side Story, Musical: Ballet Sequence - Transition To Scherzo

20. West Side Story, Musical: Ballet Sequence - Scherzo

21. West Side Story, Musical: Ballet Sequence - Somewhere

22. West Side Story, Musical: Ballet Sequence - Procession And Nightmare

23. West Side Story, Musical: Gee, Officer Krupke

24. West Side Story, Musical: A Boy Like That

25. West Side Story, Musical: I Have A Love

26. West Side Story, Musical: Taunting Scene

27. West Side Story, Musical: Finale

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Makes my heart want to leap out of my chest!! Love!!
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sbcobia
Truly an great artist the new musicians
Should take note!! Listen to real music
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Beautiful expressive lyric voice. I prefer the effortless power of Pavarotti and the focus of Bjoerling but all are miracles
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Jose Carreras is the best !!
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Always good. Helps to know Italian.
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I would fly almost anywhere to see and hear him live. My darling husband even understands my fan-like behavior! I am almost old enough to be Jose's mother but...oh my! Talent like this is so so rare!
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I agree with the others!!!!
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reganelhard
i AGREE WITH DEBBIE!!
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i ask for jose carreras and you have nothing in opera

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