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Introduction: José Carreras (02:44)


Josep Maria Carreras i Coll is loved for his emotion, clarity of tone, storytelling abilities, handsome good looks, and beautiful voice. His role with "The Three Tenors" made him more popular and famous.

Carreras: Childhood (03:50)

Carreras' father became a policeman after Francisco Franco came into power. Mario Lanza in "The Great Caruso" inspired the Carreras to sing opera. "Piero Barone" and "Master Peter's Puppet Show" are early operas Carreras performed in Barcelona.

Carreras: Career Beginnings (04:15)

Juan Ruax encouraged Carreras to audition for Flavio in "Norma." Monsterrat Caballé asked the tenor to sing Gennaro in "Lucrezia Borgia." 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.

Carreras: Flourishing Career (05:45)

Carreras won first prize in Parma's "Voci Verdiane" competition, which led to his Italian debut as Rodolfo in "La Bohème" at the Teatro Regio di Parma. The tenor made his American debut as Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly" with the New York City Opera. Other performances include Alfredo in "La Traviata" and Riccardo in "Un Ballo in Maschera."

Carreras: Critical Acclaimed (04:18)

Carreras performed in Franco Zeffirelli's version of "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera. Watch an excerpt of a performance.

Carreras: Strained Voice (06:26)

Herbert von Karajan encouraged Carreras to take on heavier roles. Berlin Philharmonic was too loud during a recording. Carreras began singing musicals such as "West Side Story" and "South Pacific."

Carreras: Cancer Diagnosis (02:38)

Carreras performed Don José in "Carmen." After collapsing during a rehearsal of "La Boheme" in Paris, the singer learned he was suffering from leukemia.

Carreras: Recovery From Cancer (03:11)

Carreras created the "Josep Carreras Foundation" and performs benefit concerts.

The Three Tenors (05:18)

Performing at the FIFA World Cup in 1990 made Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and Domingo Placido household names. The trio performed all over the world to benefit different charities. Carerras thrived and became the music director for the Barcelona Olympics.

Carreras: Final Years of Career (04:56)

Carerras performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's "Stiffelio." The singer retired after a world tour in 2018. Experts discuss the singer's legacy and impact.

Credits: José Carreras (00:36)

Credits: José Carreras

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This episode features classic moments in the career of opera legend Jose Carreras. Filmed in in the United Kingdom and Italy, this episode features historical archive, performance highlights, and contributions from artists, critics and directors.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL182983

ISBN: 978-1-64481-830-5

Copyright date: ©2018

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