José Carreras tenor född 1946

José Carreras tenor född 1946

José Carreras, egentligen Josep Carreras i Coll, född den 5 december 1946 i Barcelona, är en spansk (katalansk) tenor.

José Carreras tenor född 1946

Biografi

Redan som barn medverkade José Carreras i ett framförande av Manuel de Fallas Mäster Pedros marionetter men han debuterade officiellt 1969 som Flavio i Norma i födelsestaden Barcelona. Efter att han sjungit tillsammans med sopranen Montserrat Caballé stödde hon hans karriär, och från ungefär 1970 firade han triumfer på operahusen Metropolitan i New York i USA, La Scala i Milano i Italien och Covent Garden i London i Storbritannien i det italienska facket som Cavaradossi i Tosca respektive Rodolfo i La Bohème av Puccini och Nemorino i Kärleksdrycken av Donizetti.

Till hans stora succéer på 1980-talet räknas Calaf i Turandot av Puccini och Andrea Chénier av Giordano. Carreras betyder karriär/tävling.

Omkring 1985 insjuknade Carreras i leukemi men kom överraskande tillbaka 1988. Sedan dess har kampen mot leukemi blivit ett av hans viktigaste mål, och den 14 juli 1988 grundade han The José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation.

Han är för en stor publik känd som en av ”de tre tenorerna” – de andra två är Plácido Domingo och Luciano Pavarotti.

José Carreras har gästspelat två gånger på Operan i Stockholm, vid båda tillfällen som Cavaradossi i Puccinis Tosca.

Kungliga Operan

Carreras har medverkat i två produktioner med 5 föreställningar mellan 1979 – 1982

In English

In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Carreras and the second or maternal family name is Coll.
Josep Maria Carreras Coll (Catalan: [ʒuˈzɛb məˈɾi.ə kəˈreɾəs i ˈkɔʎ]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (/kəˈrɛərəs/Spanish: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Spanish operatic tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Donizetti, 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.

Life and career

Early years

Carreras was born in Sants, a working-class district in Barcelona. He was the youngest of Antònia Coll i Saigi and Josep Carreras i Soler’s three children. In 1951, his family emigrated to Argentina in search of a better life. However, this move abroad proved unsuccessful, and within a year they had returned to Sants where Carreras was to spend the rest of his childhood and teenage years.

Carreras, age 8, in his first public performance. Spanish National Radio, December 1954.

He showed an early talent for music and particularly singing, which intensified at the age of six when he saw Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso. The story recounted in his autobiography and numerous interviews is that after seeing the film, Carreras sang the arias incessantly to his family, especially ”La donna è mobile”, often locking himself in the family’s bathroom when they became exasperated with his impromptu concerts. At that point, his parents, with the encouragement of his grandfather Salvador Coll, an amateur baritone, found the money for music lessons for him. At first he studied piano and voice with Magda Prunera, the mother of one of his childhood friends, and at the age of eight, he also started taking music lessons at Barcelona’s Municipal Conservatory.

At just eight years old, he also gave his first public performance, singing ”La donna è mobile”, accompanied by Magda Prunera on the piano, on Spanish National Radio. A recording of this still exists and can be heard on the video biography, José Carreras – A Life Story.On 3 January 1958, at the age of eleven, he made his debut in Barcelona’s great opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, singing the boy soprano role of Trujamán in  Manuel de Falla ’s  El retablo de Maese Pedro . A few months later, he sang for the last time as a  boy soprano at the Liceu in the second act of  La Bohème .

Throughout his teenage years, he continued to study music, moving on to the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu  and taking private voice lessons, first with Francisco Puig and later with Juan Ruax, whom Carreras has described as his ”artistic father”. Following the advice of his father and brother, who felt that he needed a ”backup” career, he also entered the University of Barcelona to study chemistry, but after two years he left the university to concentrate on singing.

1970s and 1980s

Juan Ruax encouraged Carreras to audition for what was to become his first tenor role at the Liceu, Flavio in Norma, which opened on 8 January 1970. Although only a minor role, the few phrases he sang caught the attention of the production’s leading lady, the eminent soprano and fellow Catalan, Montserrat Caballé. She asked him to sing Gennaro with her in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, which opened on 19 December 1970. It was his first principal adult role, and the one which he considers to be his true debut as a tenor. In 1971, he made his international debut in a concert performance of Maria Stuarda in London’s Royal Festival Hall, again with Caballé singing the title role. Caballé was instrumental in promoting and encouraging his career for many years, appearing in over fifteen different operas with him, while her brother and manager, Carlos Caballé, was also Carreras’s manager until the mid-1990s.

During the 1970s Carreras’s career progressed rapidly. In late-1971, he won first prize in Parma’s prestigious Voci Verdiane competition which led to his Italian debut as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Regio di Parma on 12 January 1972. Later that year he made his American debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the New York City Opera. Other major house debuts followed – the San Francisco Opera in 1973, as Rodolfo; the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company in 1973, as Alfredo in La traviata; the Vienna Staatsoper in 1974, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto; London’s Royal Opera House in 1974, as Alfredo; the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1974, as Cavaradossi in Tosca; and La Scala, Milan in 1975, as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera. By the age of 28, he had already sung the tenor lead in 24 different operas in both Europe and North America, and had an exclusive recording contract with Philips, which resulted in valuable recordings of several less often performed Verdi operas, notably Il CorsaroI due FoscariLa battaglia di LegnanoUn giorno di regno and Stiffelio.

Carreras portraying Julián Gayarre in the film Romanza Final (1986)

Carreras’s leading ladies during the 1970s and 1980s included some of the most famous sopranos and mezzo-sopranos of the day: Montserrat Caballé, Birgit Nilsson, Viorica Cortez, Renata Scotto, Ileana Cotrubaş, Sylvia Sass, Teresa Stratas, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Agnes Baltsa, Teresa Berganza, and Katia Ricciarelli. His artistic partnership with Ricciarelli began when they both sang in the 1972 La bohème at Parma and lasted for thirteen years, both in the recording studio and on stage. They later made a studio recording of La bohème for Philips Classics and can be heard together on over 12 other commercial recordings of both operas and recitals, predominantly on the Philips and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

Of the many conductors he worked with during this period, the one with whom Carreras had the closest artistic relationship and who had the most profound influence on his career was  He first sang under Karajan in the Verdi Requiem at Salzburg on 10 April 1976, with their final collaboration in a 1986 production of Carmen, again at Salzburg. With Karajan’s encouragement, he increasingly moved towards singing heavier lirico-spinto roles, including AidaDon Carlos, and Carmen, which some critics have said were too heavy for his natural voice and may have shortened his vocal prime. (See the section on Carreras’s voice.)

The 1980s saw Carreras occasionally moving outside the strictly operatic repertoire, at least in the recording studio, with recitals of songs from zarzuela, musicals and operettas. He also made full-length recordings of two musicals – West Side Story (1985) and South Pacific (1986) – both with Kiri Te Kanawa as his co-star. The recording of West Side Story was unusual in two respects: Carreras was chosen and conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein was conducting for the first time nearly 30 years after he composed the music, and a full-length documentary was made about the recording sessions. His 1987 Philips recording of the Argentine folk mass, Misa Criolla, conducted by its composer, Ariel Ramírez, brought the work to a worldwide audience. Although many of Carreras’s stage performances are available on video, he also ventured into film. In 1986, he portrayed the 19th century Spanish tenor Julián Gayarre in Romanza Final (The Final Romance) and in 1987, he started working on a film version of La bohème directed by  Luigi Comencini .

It was during the filming of La bohème in Paris that he was found to be suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 1 in 10 chance of survival. However, he recovered from the disease after undergoing a gruelling treatment involving chemotherapy, radiation therapy and an autologous bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Following his recovery, he gradually returned to both the operatic and the concert stage, embarking on a tour of come-back recitals in 1988 and 1989 and singing with Montserrat Caballé in Medea (Mérida, Spain 1989) and in the world premiere of Balada’s Cristóbal Colón (Barcelona, 1989)

1990–present 

Carreras backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, December 2001

The 1990s continued to see Carreras performing on the operatic stage in Carmen and Fedora and making role debuts in Samson et Dalila (Peralada, 1990), Verdi’s Stiffelio (London, 1993), and Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly (Zurich, 1998). However, his opera performances became less frequent as he increasingly devoted himself to concerts and recitals. His final operatic performances at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the opera house where his career began, were in Samson et Dalila (March 2001). He reprised the title role in Sly in Tokyo in 2002 and in 2004 performed at the Vienna State Opera in fully staged versions of the final act of Carmen and Act 3 of Sly. In April 2014, Carreras returned to the opera stage after a ten-year absence singing the title role of Christian Kolonovits’s opera, El Juez (The Judge) in its premiere at the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao. He reprised the role in August 2014 at the Festival Erl in Austria and in January 2015 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

In 1990 the first Three Tenors concert took place in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome on the eve of the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. It was originally conceived to raise money for Carreras’s leukemia foundation and as a way for his colleagues, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, to welcome their ”little brother” back to the world of opera. However, it and the subsequent Three Tenors concerts brought Carreras a fame that went far beyond the opera house. It is estimated that over a billion people around the world watched the television broadcast of the 1994 Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles. By 1999, the CD from the first Three Tenors concert in Rome had sold an estimated 13 million copies, making it the best-selling classical recording of all time. Carreras is the center of a subplot in the 1996 episode ”The Doll” in the Seinfeld television series, in which he is never referred to by name but instead as ”the other guy” in the Three Tenors; he is erroneously referred to as being Italian (perhaps intentionally). The early 1990s also saw Carreras serving as the Musical Director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and performing in a worldwide concert tour in tribute to his first singing hero, Mario Lanza.

By the 2000s Carreras’s recording and live concert repertoire had moved largely to art song, Neapolitan songs, the light classical genre, and ’easy-listening’.  He has also increasingly performed and recorded with artists from outside the classical music world, such as Diana Ross, Edyta Górniak, Lluis Llach, Peter Maffay, Udo Jürgens, Klaus Meine, Charles Aznavour, Kim Styles, Sarah Brightman, Vicky Leandros, Jackie Evancho, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Debbie Harry, Majida El Roumi, and Giorgia Fumanti. Beginning in 2002, Carreras scaled back his live performances to recitals and orchestral concerts.

In an interview published in The Times on 8 May 2009, Carreras announced that he would no longer perform principal opera roles but was still open to recitals.

Humanitarian work 

Carreras visiting a leukaemia patient on the cover of Amigos de la Fundación, July 2005

Following his own recovery from leukaemia, Carreras sought both to repay the debt he owed to medical science and to improve the lives and care of other leukaemia sufferers. On 14 July 1988, he established the Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia (known in English as the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation) in Barcelona. The foundation, which publishes a tri-monthly magazine on its activities, Amigos de la Fundación, concentrates its efforts in four main areas:

  • Development of clinical research into the cure and treatment of leukaemia through scholarships and research grants.
  • Campaigns to increase bone marrow and cord blood donation for leukaemia patients requiring transplants, along with the operation of REDMO, the Spanish national registry of bone marrow donors.
  • Strengthening of the research and clinical infrastructures in both leading international institutions and hospitals and laboratories in the developing world.
  • Provision of social services to leukemia patients and their families, including free accommodation near transplant centres.

The José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation also has affiliates in the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany, with the German affiliate the most active of the three. Since 1995, Carreras has presented an annual live television benefit gala in Leipzig to raise funds for the foundation’s work in Germany. Since its inception, the gala alone has raised well over €71 million. Carreras also performs at least 20 charity concerts a year in aid of his foundation and other medical related charities. He is an Honorary Member of the European Society for Medicine and the European Haematology Association, an Honorary Patron of the European Society for Medical Oncology, and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO.

Awards and distinctions 


Carreras in 2010
Carreras has received numerous awards and distinctions for both his artistic and humanitarian work. These include: Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant of Thailand (2019); Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (France); Knight Grand Cross and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (20 May 1996 and 3 April 1991, respectively); Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (1999); the Cruz de Oro del Orden Civil de la Solidaridad Social from Queen Sofia of Spain, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Art (joint winner, 1991), the Grand Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany and the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia (June 1984)

Carreras has received the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Steiger Award (2006) and the St. George Order of the Semperoper (Dresden, 2010)

Honorary Medal of the city of Leipzig on the occasion of his Leukemia Fundraiser for 2009 on 17 December 2009; awarded by the Mayor of Leipzig (unanimous decision of the town council of Leipzig).

On 23 February 2004, the Austrian Post Office issued a 1€ stamp to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper.

In 2004, he received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

In 2009, he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

He has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Barcelona and Miguel Hernández University (Spain); Napier, Loughborough and Sheffield universities (United Kingdom); the Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology (Russia); the University of Camerino (Italy); Rutgers University (United States); the University of Coimbra (Portugal); the National University of Music Bucharest (Romania); Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany, 3 May 2006); University of Saarland (2012); the University of Pécs (Hungary) and most recently, Kyunghee University (Korea) and the University of Porto (Portugal).

In Spain the central plaza in Sant Joan d’Alacant bears his name, as do two theatres – the Auditori Josep Carreras in Vila-seca (near Tarragona) and The Teatro Josep Carreras in Fuenlabrada.

Family 

Throughout his childhood in Barcelona, Carreras’s father, Josep Carreras i Soler, worked as a traffic policeman. He had originally been a French teacher. However, he had fought on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, and when the Franco government came into power in 1939, he was no longer allowed to teach. His mother, Antonia Coll i Saigi, ran a small hair-dressing salon, where, as a child, Carreras often sang to the customers in return for pocket money. He was very close to his mother, who was convinced that he would one day be a great singer, and her death from cancer when he was 18 affected him greatly.   In José Carreras: A Life Story, he said that ”even now, every time I go on stage, I always, always, have a quick thought for her.” In 1971 Carreras married Mercedes Pérez. They had two children: a son, Albert (born in 1972), and a daughter, Julia (born in 1978). The marriage ended in divorce in 1992. In 2006, Carreras married Jutta Jäger, but separated from her in 2011.  Carreras’s nephew, David Giménez Carreras, is a conductor and Director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès. He has conducted many of Carreras’s concerts since the late 1990s as well as his opera performances in Sly at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in June 2000.

Voice 

Carreras in Andrea Chénier, La Scala, 1985

In its prime, Carreras’s voice was considered one of the most beautiful tenor voices of the day.  The Spanish critic, Fernando Fraga has described it as a lyric tenor with the generosity of a spinto, having ”a noble timbre, richly coloured and sumptuously resonant”. This is particularly true of the middle range of his voice. Fraga also noted, as has Carreras himself, that even in his youth the high notes of the tenor range were always somewhat problematic for him, and became more so as his career progressed.   Like his idol, Giuseppe di Stefano, Carreras was also known for the beauty and expressiveness of his phrasing and for his passionate delivery.[27] These qualities are perhaps best exemplified in his 1976 recording of Tosca with Montserrat Caballé in the title role and conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

According to several critics  his assumption of the heavier spinto roles such as Andrea Chénier, Don José in CarmenDon Carlo, and Alvaro in La forza del destino put a strain on his naturally lyric instrument which may have caused the voice to prematurely darken and lose some of its bloom. Nevertheless, he produced some of his finest performances in those roles.

The Daily Telegraph wrote of his 1984 Andrea Chénier at London’s Royal Opera House: ”Switching effortlessly from the lyric poet Rodolfo in La Bohème a few weeks ago to the heroic poet Chenier, the Spanish tenor’s vocal artistry held us spellbound throughout.”  Of his 1985 performance in Andrea Chénier at La Scala (preserved on DVD), Carl Battaglia wrote in Opera News that Carreras dominated the opera ”with formidable concentration and a cleverly refined vocal accent that imparts to this spinto role an overlay of intensity lacking in his essentially lyric tenor.” However, Carl H. Hiller’s review of the La Scala performance in Opera also noted that while in the quiet phrases of the score ”he could display all the tonal mellowness of which this perhaps most beautiful tenor voice of our time is capable”, he had difficulty with the high loud notes, which sounded strained and uneasily produced.

Recordings 

Complete operas 

This list is a representative selection of notable commercial recordings from the peak years of José Carreras’s career. He has an extremely large discography and videography, which also includes many performances preserved on private recordings.

  • Bizet: Carmen (Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, Leona Mitchell, Samuel Ramey, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine) DVD Deutsche Grammophon 73000
  • Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Leo Nucci, Susanna Rigacci, Domenico Trimarchi, Coro della RAI di Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica Della Rai Di Torino, Claudio Scimone) CD Philips 00289 475 4422
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Samuel Ramey, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos) CD Philips 00289 470 4212
  • Giordano: Andrea Chénier (José Carreras, Piero Cappuccilli, Eva Marton, Nella Verri, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly) DVD Kultur ISBN 0-7697-8050-4
  • Halévy: La Juive (June Anderson, Julia Varady, José Carreras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Almeida) CD Philips 00289 475 7629
  • Massenet: Werther (José Carreras, Frederica Stade, Isobel Buchanan, Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis) CD Philips 00289 475 7567. For details, see Werther (Colin Davis recording)
  • Puccini: La Bohème (Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis) CD Philips 00289 442 2602
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Paolo Coni, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly) CD Decca 460-750-2
  • Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Mirella Freni, Teresa Berganza, José Carreras, Juan Pons, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli) CD Deutsche Grammophon 423 5672
  • Puccini: Tosca (Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis) CD Philips 00289 464 7292
  • Puccini: Turandot (Eva Marton, José Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli, John-Paul Bogart; 2008 remaster of 1983 Harold Prince video production at Vienna State Opera House, Lorin Maazel) DVD Arthaus Musik 107319
  • Rossini: Otello (Frederica von Stade, Nucci Condò, José Carreras, Salvatore Fisichella, Gianfranco Pastine, Samuel Ramey, Ambrosian Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesús López Cobos) CD Philips 00289 432 4562. For details, see Otello (Jesús López Cobos recording)
  • Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, Jonathan Summers, Simon Estes, Paata Burchuladze, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis) CD Philips 000289 475 8706
  • Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Frederica von Stade, Evelyn Lear, Ruth Welting, Jules Bastin, Derek Hammond-Stroud, José Carreras, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart) CD Philips 00289 442 0862. For details, see Der Rosenkavalier (Edo de Waart recording)
  • Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis) CD Philips 00289 470 5862
  • Verdi: Il Corsaro (Montserrat Caballé, Jessye Norman, José Carreras, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli) CD Philips 00289 475 6769
  • Verdi: Don Carlo (José Carreras, Agnes Baltsa, Fiamma Izzo D’amico, Piero Cappuccilli, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan) DVD Sony Classical 48312
  • Verdi: I due Foscari (José Carreras, Piero Cappuccilli, Katia Ricciarelli, Samuel Ramey, ORF Symphony Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli), CD Philips 422426
  • Verdi: La forza del destino (Sesto Bruscantini, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Giuseppe Patanè) CD Myto 984192
  • Verdi: Un giorno di regno (Jessye Norman, Fiorenza Cossotto, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli) CD Philips 00289 475 6772
  • Verdi: I lombardi alla prima crociata (José Carreras, Ghena Dimitrova, Carlo Bii, Silvano Carroli, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Gianandrea Gavazzeni) DVD Kultur 2036
  • Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Piero Cappuccilli, Mirella Freni, José Carreras, Nicolai Ghiaurov, José van Dam, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Claudio Abbado) CD Deutsche Grammophon 449 7522
  • Verdi: Stiffelio (Sylvia Sass, José Carreras, Matteo Manuguerra, ORF Symphony Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli) CD Philips 00289 475 6775

Recitals, sacred music and cross-over 

  • Various: José Carreras Sings Catalan Songs Sony 1991
  • Bernstein: West Side Story (with Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Marilyn Horne, Leonard Bernstein) CD Deutsche Grammophon 457 1992
  • Puccini: Messa di Gloria (with Hermann Prey, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Scimone) CD Erato 48692
  • Ramirez: Misa CriollaNavidad Nuestra CD Philips 420955
  • Rodgers: South Pacific (with Kiri Te Kanawa, Sarah Vaughan, Mandy Patinkin, London Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Tunick) CD Sony MK 42205
  • Verdi: Messa da Requiem (with Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, José Van Dam, Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan) CD Deutsche Grammophon 439 0332
  • Various: Ave Maria (with Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Uwe Christian Harrer) Philips 4111382
  • Various: José Carreras – The Golden Years (arias and songs by Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Massenet, Bizet, Lehár, Handel, Gastoldi, Giordano, Tosti, Cardillo, Denza, de Curtis, Lara, d’ Hardelot, Brodszky, Bernstein, Lloyd Webber) CD Philips 462892
  • Various: The Very Best of José Carreras (arias from AidaMacbethCavalleria rusticanaPagliacciTurandotDon CarloCarmenFaustRoméo et JuliettePolyeucteLe CidSapphoHérodiadeLa JuiveL’AfricaineLe Roi d’YsLa Périchole) CD EMI 7243 5 75903 2 7
  • Various: Passion CD Erato (Warner)
  • Various: Pure Passion CD Erato (Warner)
  • Various: Around the world CD Wea International (Warner)
  • Various: Belle Epoque (Tagliaferri, Satie, Puccini, Zemlinsky, Schreker,…) CD Sony Classic (Sony Music)
  • Various: Mediterranean Passion CD Sony Classical (Sony Music)
  • Various: 25 Meraviglioso CD Embassy of Music (Warner)[33]
  • Various: Christmas in Moscow (with Plácido Domingo, Sissel) CD Sony Classical (Sony Music)
  • Various: The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala, DVD Deutsche Grammophon 00440-073-4538, 2009

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:239630 
Tosca {576}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1974
Debut: José Carreras
[Met Performance] CID:241090
Look-In
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241110
Look-In
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241120
La Bohème {765}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1975
Debut: Katia Ricciarelli
[Met Performance] CID:241150
La Bohème {766}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/14/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241190
La Bohème {768}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241220
La Bohème {769}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241250
La Traviata {607}
Hynes Civic Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/23/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241280
La Bohème {770}
Hynes Civic Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/26/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241420
La Traviata {609}
Atlanta, Georgia; 05/10/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241480
La Traviata {610}
State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas; 05/16/1975
[Met Performance] CID:241540
La Traviata {611}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/22/1975
[Met Performance] CID:248630
Tosca {601}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1977
Debut: Sylvia Sass
[Met Performance] CID:248690
La Bohème {791}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1977
Debut: Ileana Cotrubas
[Met Performance] CID:248730
La Bohème {792}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248740
La Bohème {793}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1977
Debut: Josephine Barstow
[Met Performance] CID:248880
La Bohème {794}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1977
Debut: Vicente Sardinero
[Met Performance] CID:248920
La Bohème {795}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248960
La Bohème {796}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/15/1977
[Met Performance] CID:252250  
Adriana Lecouvreur {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1978
Debut: Jesús López-Cobos
Review
[Met Performance] CID:252270
Adriana Lecouvreur {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252310 
Adriana Lecouvreur {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/1978
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:252360
Adriana Lecouvreur {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252500
L’Elisir d’Amore {136}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/2/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252540
L’Elisir d’Amore {137}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/6/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252570
L’Elisir d’Amore {138}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/9/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252600
Adriana Lecouvreur {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252620
Adriana Lecouvreur {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252650
Adriana Lecouvreur {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1978
Review
[Met Performance] CID:252710
Adriana Lecouvreur {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252750
Adriana Lecouvreur {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252790
Tosca {615}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/1978
Review
[Met Performance] CID:252830
Tosca {616}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252850
Tosca {617}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255640 
Luisa Miller {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1978
Review
[Met Performance] CID:255740
Luisa Miller {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255780
Luisa Miller {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255840
Luisa Miller {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1978
Reviews
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:263920
Caballé – Carreras Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266700
Tosca {665}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266740
Tosca {666}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266780
Tosca {667}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266830 Opera News
Tosca {668}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1981
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:266920
New Production
La Bohème {823}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1981
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:266960
La Bohème {824}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1981
[Met Performance] CID:267120
La Bohème {827}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267150
La Bohème {828}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267190
La Bohème {829}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267200
Luisa Miller {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267220
La Bohème {830}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267250  Opera News
La Bohème {831}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1982
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:267280
La Bohème {832}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1982
Debut: Linda Zoghby
[Met Performance] CID:267310
La Bohème {833}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267360
La Bohème {834}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1982
[Met Performance] CID:274020
La Forza del Destino {199}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274050
La Forza del Destino {200}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/1/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274110
La Forza del Destino {201}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/7/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274140
La Forza del Destino {202}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/10/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274200
La Forza del Destino {203}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/15/1983
Debut: Enrico Fissore
[Met Performance] CID:274240
La Forza del Destino {204}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1983
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:274270
Centennial Gala II
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/1983
100th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera
Broadcast / Telecast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:274290
La Forza del Destino {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274320
La Forza del Destino {206}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1983
Debut: Silvano Carroli
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:354169
Caballé – Carreras Concert: Spain in the Opera
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/07/1984
Consulate General of Spain Presentation
[Met Performance] CID:287430
Carmen {805}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1987
Debut: Maria Benitez
Review
[Met Performance] CID:287470
Carmen {806}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287510
Carmen {807}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287550
Carmen {808}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287600
Carmen {809}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1987
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:287700
Carmen {811}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287800  Opera News
Carmen {814}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1987
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:287850
Carmen {815}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1987
[Met Performance] CID:307210
Turandot {163}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/1992
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:332678
Pension Fund Benefit
Millennium Celebration
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2000
[Met Performance] CID:350248
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Sly {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/01/2002
Debuts: Rachel Durkin, Marta Domingo
Review

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