José Carreras coming to Prague’s O2 Arena

The tenor has been performing for 60 years and may be retiring

International opera star José Carreras will be at Prague’s O2 Arena on April 5, 2019. ticket are already on sale to Live Nation club members and go on sale to the general public Dec. 5 at 9 am.

Carreras will be singing backed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Giménez.

This might be the last time to see him, as some opera publications have been calling his 2019 concert dates a farewell tour, though the Prague show is not specifically billed as such.

Spanish tenor José Carreras is famous for his interpretations of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. He gained worldwide popularity thanks to the Three Tenors project, which he created together with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. This group helped to bring operatic works to a wide audience through concerts, albums and TV specials from 1990 to 2003.

Over a billion people around the world watched the broadcast of the 1994 Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles. The CD from the first Three Tenors concert in Rome had sold an estimated 13 million copies by 1999, making it the best-selling classical recording of all time.

During his professional career, he has performed on most of the main opera stages around the world. The Barcelona native has also worked with famous directors and conductors including Herbert von Karajan, who had a major influence on his career.

He first sang operatic music at age 8 and made his stage debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu at age 11. His career has spanned six decades, as he is now 71.

He has performed in over 60 operas, and his discography contains over 150 recordings from baroque to contemporary music, many of which have gone gold or platinum awards.

Aside from operas, he has recorded musicals such as West Side Story and South Pacific and also made occasional appearances in films.

His career looked like it was coming to an end in the late 1980s due to illness. In 1987 he was diagnosed with leukemia and his doctors gave him little chance of survival.

Following his recovery, he founded the José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation in 1988, with the goal of finding a cure for the disease.

The Three Tenors project originally started as a fundraising effort for his charity, with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti on hand to welcome Carreras back after his illness.

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