José Carreras


José Carreras sings as Tarzan
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José Carreras sings Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba
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José Carreras - this actually charming version of Vesti la giubba was recorded when Carreras appeared on the popular TV puppet show, "Sesame Street".
Robert Schlesinger
José Carreras sings Rigoletto: La donna è mobile
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José Carreras sings Roberto Devereux: Come un spirto angelico
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José Carreras sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
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José Carreras sings Andrea Chenier: Improvviso
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José Carreras sings La Pietra del Paragone: Quell'alma pupille
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I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Pagliacci).
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recordings (Turandot, Devereux, Pieta del Paragone, Chenier).
I have never cared very much for José Carreras. He had a nice voice, but so did many others before him. He always had problems with his top. He embarked on a career of singing roles not suited for his lyrical voice (Radames, Don Carlos, Manrico, Stiffelio, Andrea Chenier, Riccardo, Eléazar, Alvaro, etc…). I heard him in Ballo in Maschera, after his disastrous appearances in Paris in the same role. He strained terribly and was off pitch. I heard him as Manrico, where his voice went to pieces during the performance. I heard him as Andrea Chenier, a role where he completely lacked the required squillo, and so on. Recording engineers did a good job on his voice. He was getting nowhere when he was diagnosed with leukemia. After, fortunately for him, recovering from the disease, he seemed to have had a regain of popularity. This was especially noticeable in the circus exhibition of the three tenors. In spite of the help of the microphone, he could not hide during those concerts that he was the worst of the three and gone for good. Now on opera-L, somebody had the guts to nominate him as one of the five tenors of the century! Standards are going really down fast, especially when one of the other tenors nominated was Pavarotti. The lowering of standards is particularly noticeable when a self-nicknamed tenor fanatic loudly proclaims that Carreras is one the ten great tenors of the century. This must cause hundreds of departed tenors to turn in their graves. A friend pointedly told me that:
Carreras is the greatest pusher of the century. His facial expressions say it all. When I teach I use a mirror and will not allow any distortion or grimace at all, one of the keys of singing for me. The first time I heard him, I could not believe it, he had a Spanish quiver and the Callas wobble at the same time, a sort of a shake within a shake. He should sing rock along with Pavarotti and the spice girls. Yes poor old Jose never knew much about voice production and I'm being polite. He's one of my least favorites of the three: Pavarotti, Domingo and the other guy.

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