1977: Jose Carreras Autograph on private Photo. CoA
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Born 1946 in Barcelona.The family emigrated to Argentina in 1951 in what proved to be an unsuccessful search for a better life, returning to Barcelona less than a year later. Carreras' father, his teaching career ruined because he had fought on the Republican side during the Civil War, eventually had to take a job as a traffic policeman, and his mother opened a small hair-dressing shop.
As a child he truly loved to sing and after he came home from seeing Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso, he sang to his family - especially la 'Donna e Mobile'. He was 6 years then.,
Later he started voice and piano lessons with Magda Prunera, the mother of one of his boyhood friends and at eight he started attending the local music conservatory after school. At eight he also gave his first public performance, singing 'La Donna e Mobile' on Spanish National Radio.
At eleven, he was on the stage of Barcelona's opera house, the Gran Teatro del Liceo, singing the boy soprano role of the narrator in de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro. A few months later, he sang for the last time at the Liceo before his voice started to change.
By 18, the soprano voice of Carreras the boy had become the tenor voice of Carreras the man. He studied at first with Francisco Puig and later with Juan Ruax, whom he has described as his artistic father.
If Ruax was his artistic father, then Caballe was to become in many ways his artistic mother. She sang the title role in his London stage debut, a concert performance of Maria Stuarda, and the recordings of their artistic partnership went on to include over 15 different operas.
Carreras went on to grow into what Lofti Mansouri, the Director of the San Francisco Opera has called "One of the most complete operatic stars that I have ever worked with...His musicianship, intelligence, dramatic ability, not to mention his gorgeous voice make him a total artist." What is perhaps quite unusual about Carreras' career is that by the age of 28, when many opera singers are just starting to make their mark, he had already sung the tenor lead in 24 different operas in both Europe and North America and had made his debut at the world's four great opera houses - the Vienna Staatsoper in 1974, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto; London's Royal Opera House in 1974, as Alfredo in La Traviata; the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1974, as Cavaradossi in Tosca; and La Scala Milan in 1975, as Riccardo in Ballo in Maschera.
In 1987, at the height of his success, Carreras was diagnosed with acute leukemia and was given a 1 in 10 chance of survival.
After his recovery, one of the first people he went to see was the great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, a musician with whom he had an almost instinctive affinity. Carreras found it fascinating "how Karajan made you feel that he was like your father, conducting for you alone." Their ten year artistic collaboration has produced some of Carreras' finest performances and recordings.
Carreras did resume his career, gradually returning to the opera stage and the concert platform as well as to the recording studio. He now concentrates more on concerts and recitals and restricts his opera performances to one or two productions a year.
The 1990 Three Tenors concert in Rome was originally conceived to raise money for this Foundation and as a way for Carreras' colleagues, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, to welcome their "little brother" back to the world of opera.
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