José Carreras

Jose Carreras (Alamy)
Born: 1946

As one of The Three Tenors alongside Domingo and Pavarotti, Carreras found fame well beyond the opera world. He recorded West Side Story with Bernstein and has won two Gramophone Awards.

A tribute by Frederica von Stade:

I can remember the first time I was lucky enough to hear José Carreras. It was during a recording of Der Rosenkavalier in Holland and José was singing the tenor in the Levée scene. I remember my jaw dropping in a sort of sonic ecstasy! It was the most beautiful sound that came out of this amazing artist. I was also lucky enough to sing with him after that and to record with him again, and I will treasure forever the memory of this sound, this presence, this amazing artist and human being. Bravo to you, José, a thousand times! 

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