Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WHAT’S ON PLANNER -

TENOR Jose Carreras was born to sing and con­sid­ers him­self a very lucky man to have had 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.

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 just hope to be re­mem­bered as an hon­est artist, ded­i­cated to his life in mu­sic.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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