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Spanish operatic tenor
Born: December 5, 1946 (age 74 years), Sants, Barcelona, Spain
Spouse: Jutta Jäger (m. 2006–2011), Mercedes Pérez (m. 1971–1992)
Children: Albert Carreras, Julia Carreras
Throughout his childhood in Barcelona, Carreras’s father, Josep Carreras i Soler, worked as a traffic policeman.
He had originally been a French teacher.
However, he had fought on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, and when the Franco government came into power in 1939, he was no longer allowed to teach.
His mother, Antonia Coll i Saigi, ran a small hair-dressing salon, where, as a child, Carreras often sang to the customers in return for pocket money.
He was very close to his mother, who was convinced that he would one day be a great singer, and her death from cancer when he was 18 affected him greatly.
In José Carreras: A Life Story, he said that “even now, every time I go on stage, I always, always, have a quick thought for her.”
In 1971 Carreras married Mercedes Pérez. They had two children: a son, Albert (born in 1972), and a daughter, Julia (born in 1978).
The marriage ended in divorce in 1992. In 2006, Carreras married Jutta Jäger, but separated from her in 2011.
Carreras’s nephew, David Giménez Carreras, is a conductor and Director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.
He has conducted many of Carreras’s concerts since the late 1990s as well as his opera performances in Sly at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in June 2000.
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Following his own recovery from leukaemia, Carreras sought both to repay the debt he owed to medical science and to improve the lives and care of other leukaemia sufferers.
On 14 July 1988, he established the Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia (known in English as the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation) in Barcelona.
The José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation also has affiliates in the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany, with the German affiliate the most active of the three.
Since 1995, Carreras has presented an annual live television benefit gala in Leipzig to raise funds for the foundation’s work in Germany.
Since its inception, the gala alone has raised well over €71 million.
Carreras also performs at least 20 charity concerts a year in aid of his foundation and other medical related charities.
He is an Honorary Member of the European Society for Medicine and the European Haematology Association, an Honorary Patron of the European Society for Medical Oncology, and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO.
Josep Maria Carreras Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish operatic tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini.
Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles, performed in the world’s leading opera houses and in numerous recordings.
He gained fame with a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003.
Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation (La Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia), which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.