TENOR Jose Carreras was born to sing and considers himself a very lucky man to have a lifelong career doing just that.
From Barcelona, Carreras was 11 years old when he gave his first opera performance and remembers it as being “like a dream”.
He went on to add more than 60 opera roles to his repertoire and become one third of famous opera trio The Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.
“The Three Tenors was a fantastic time not only professionally speaking but we also had a lot of fun backstage,” Carreras said.
“There was karaoke, football and we played poker with fake money; it was great.”
His career was put on hold in 1987 when diagnosed at the age of 40 with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and given only a 10 per cent chance of survival.
Carreras said he would never forget the moment almost 27 years ago when doctors told him he was cured and he has since established the Jose Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation.
“Certain things give you another perspective in life,” he said.
“You mature all of a sudden. I remember the great unhappiness of those times, but also the way not only family and friends but the general public surrounded me with affection.”
Now on the eve of celebrating his 70th birthday in December, Carreras is on his A Life in Music final world tour, which will be in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in February 2017.
Carreras has partnered with The Leukaemia Foundation, Australia, where a share of tour proceeds will support new accommodation projects in each of these cities for patients undergoing blood cancer treatments.
“The concert will be a mix of opera, operetta, musicals and for the first time a medley, a la Three Tenors at the end of the second part,” he said.
“On screen we will show images of my life in music too.
“I thought that it would be great to go once more to places I have nice memories of; I know that is very ambitious and it will not be fully possible, but for the next two years I will perform in many places.
“I just hope to be remembered as an honest artist, dedicated to his life in music.”
Community Newspaper Group has six double passes to give away to Jose Carreras at Perth Arena on February 22. Enter here by 10am, November 18.
What: Jose Carreras – A Life in Music
Where: Perth Arena
When: February 22