At Kenwood House (16 June) in his Farewell London concert, he is sure to retrace some of the roles for which he is most famous, not least the Puccini and Verdi characters that he created.
Born in Barcelona, his instinct for singing was encouraged by seeing footage of the great Mario Lanza. At 11 he was appearing in Puccini's La Bohème, an opera he would revisit constantly. He made his adult debut in Bellini's Norma, and despite having only a few bars to sing, was noticed by the prima donna Monserrat Caballé, who invited him to join her in a Donizetti opera.
He has a particular affection for London, having made his international debut in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Royal Festival Hall, with Caballé, in 1971.
Two decades of star appearances followed before the remarkable night at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1990, when he was joined on stage by fellow Spanish singer Plácido Domingo and their Italian friendly rival Luciano Pavarotti. The Three Tenors were born. This amazing trio worked and recorded together several times, bringing the classical repertoire to a whole new audience.
Kenwood House is the perfect venue for summer concerts. José Carreras appears on 16 June. Photo: English Heritage
Carreras has also broken boundaries by singing ornate and lilting Neapolitan art songs, and songs from the shows, such as West Side Story and South Pacific, both recorded with Dame Kiri de Kanawa.
Having recovered from leukaemia, he has worked tirelessly for the charities supporting those with the condition, their families and research into the disease. He has been awarded prizes and honours all over the world, and is an honorary doctor of three British universities alone.
At Kenwood House in the GCE Live summer concert series he will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by his nephew, David Giménez Carreras, and joined by the rising British coloratura soprano Christina Johnston.
This official farewell appearance will be a moment in musical history – one to catch and savour, and a chance to say: 'Gracias por la música, maestro!'
Tickets for 'José Carreras: Farewell London' include access to seated and unseated areas. Doors open at 6PM; the music starts after dusk. Hampers are allowed to be brought on site with food and sealed bottles of water. No alcohol is permitted; there are food and drink outlets on site.
|What||José Carreras: Farewell London, Kenwood House|
|Where||Kenwood House, Hampstead, London, NW37JR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Highgate (underground)|
On 16 Jun 19, 6:00 PM – 10:15 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|