José Carreras, the great ex of Katia Ricciarelli – 1NEWS

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Catiuscia Maria Stella Ricciarelli, aka Katia Ricciarelli, or the best known Italian soprano in the world. For better or for worse, between great praise and very tight criticism, Katia has always made people talk about herself, often dividing the world audience. Many remember her as the historical companion of Pippo Baudo, but only one name has remained engraved in the heart of the great singer, a love story that lasted thirteen years, a memory that lasts forever: the great Spanish tenor Josep Maria Carreras i Coll , for all José Carreras.

A natural talent

Born in Barcelona on December 5, 1946, José is the youngest of his brothers. From an early age he showed a particular aptitude for music, so much so that at the age of seven his parents enrolled him at the Conservatory of his hometown to further his studies. At the age of eight he performed in public singing “La donna è mobile”. After the school period, he will undertake a chemistry course at the University of Barcelona, ​​without ever abandoning musical training.

The revelation

It is 1970: Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma is staged in Barcelona and José takes part in the opera playing the part of Flavio, under the majestic conduct of the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, the undisputed protagonist. It is the latter who will become Carreras’ true mentor, accompanying him to the international scene.

Let the curtain rise

Just a year later Carreras is making his London debut at the age of 25. In ’72 he made his debut in the States as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly signed by Puccini and then, in ’73, he played the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s opera La Bohème, staged at the Teatro Regio in Parma. All this is just the beginning: in the next decade it will cover numerous roles in the most important opera houses around the world.

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