Josep Carreras (1946)

Born in Barcelona, Spain on December 5, 1946.
Wikipedia (English version)

Josep Carreras, the Catalan tenor
Born in Barcelona, Spain on December 5th, 1946. Better known as José Carreras (wikipedia).

The youngest of the 3 tenors (the others are Placido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti). One might argue if Domingo or Pavarotti is the 1rst Tenor, but Carreras is "always" the 3rd Tenor. For me Carreras always was my favorite.

Now the older generation is being replaced, so who is the 4th tenor ? The 4th tenor is not really number 4, but the new number 1 tenor (in the world or just in the mind of the tenor lover).

For me José Cura is replacing Josep Carreras. Comparison with José Cura. They have both sung Stiffelio, my favorite opera (Verdi: Stiffelio).

Almost 20 times have I seen Carreras live from 1990-2005. I have already seen Cura 70 times from 1997-2009. Carreras in mostly concert or recitals. Cura in mostly opera.

Operas with Carreras that I have seen live: Herodiade 1995, Samson et Dalila 1996, Sly 1998 and 2000, Fedora 1998. And then I was in Vienna State Opera in 2004, February 27 for the Jose Carreras Gala: Part 1 recital, Part 2 last act of Sly, Part 3 last act of Carmen with Agnes Baltsa as Carmen.

So JCp is being replaced by JC. JCp = Josep Carreras, JC = José Cura. BOTH have BIRTHDAY: DECEMBER 5th. Spain (Carreras, Domingo) is overthrown by Argentina (Alvarez, Cura)


1990-04-19 Recital Josep Carreras, Oslo Konserthus
1992-07-03 Recital Josep Carreras, Kongresshaus Innsbruck
1993-12-17 Christmas Opera Gala, Oslo Spektrum
1995-07-23 Opera Galla, Århus Idrætspark
1995-09-01 Hérodiade (Jules Massenet), Wiener Staatsoper
1995-11-03 Opera Galla, Oslo Spektrum
1996-04-06 Samson et Dalila (Camille Saint-Saëns), Opernhaus Zürich
1996-07-26 The 3 tenors in Gothenburg
1996-08-03 The 3 tenors in Munich
1997-08-22 Hamburger Operngala

1998-05-23 Sly (Ermanno Wolff-Ferrari), Opernhaus Zürich
1998-10-25 Fedora (Umberto Giordano), Opernhaus Zürich
2000-06-13 Sly (Ermanno Wolff-Ferrari), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)
2000-06-16 Sly (Ermanno Wolff-Ferrari), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)
2001-06-07 Concert Josep Carreras, Hampton Court (London)
2001-09-20 Recital, Oslo Konserthus
2001-09-22 Recital, Stavanger Konserthus
2004-02-27 Josep Carreras Gala, Wiener Staatsoper
2005-03-19 Josep Carreras, Grieghallen (Bergen)
2011-10-14 Josep Carreras, Wiener Konzerthaus

2012-07-02 Josep Carreras, Opernhaus Zurich
2013-09-15 Josep Carreras matinee, Wiener Staatsoper
2014-05-02 El Juez (Christian Kolonovits), Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao)
2014-07-23 José Carreras & Simge Büyükedesa, Dalhalla (Rättvik)

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