- NAME: José Carreras
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 05, 1946 (Age: 67)
- Did You Know?: As a soccer fan, José Carreras was pleased to give his first concert with the Three Tenors during the World Cup in 1990.
- EDUCATION: Barcelona Conservatory, University of Barcelona
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Barcelona, Spain
- Full Name: Josep Maria Carreras i Coll
- AKA: José Carreras
- AKA: Josep Carreras
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Spanish tenor José Carreras gained international acclaim as an opera singer, and became even more popular with his performances as one of the Three Tenors.
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After his recovery, the three men joined forces to become "the Three Tenors." Their first concert—intended to demonstrate that Carreras had recovered from his illness and to raise money for his foundation—was held in Italy in 1990, during the World Cup. It was a phenomenal success.
The Three Tenors' 1990 recording Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti in Concert went multiplatinum,
and won a Grammy Award for best classical vocal performance. More popular concerts followed; their 1994 concert recording was also a multiplatinum success. The trio's popularity was credited with creating an upswell of interest in opera.
In his career, Carreras made more than 50 opera recordings. He also sang on non-opera albums, such as Hollywood Golden Classics (1991) and Mediterranean Passion (2008). Outside of singing, Carreras has written an autobiography, Singing From the Soul; the documentary José Carreras: A Life Story (1993) received an international Emmy Award.
Though he remains a popular performer, Carreras's career has shifted away from complex operatic roles in his later years—as he explained in a 2013 interview, "You can do certain things when you're younger, when your voice is full, but then you get older." He has said that when he retires from performing, he will fully devote himself to his foundation and its fight against leukemia.
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