Friday, October 25, announcing the April 4, 2003 concert to be held in
the grounds of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Seating for some 3,650
people will be available and tickets will range from $100 to $200 each.
The fact that Jose Carreras, one Spain's most famous sons, is launching
the celebration is particularly meaningful since Bermuda was discovered
by the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez.
Bermuda originally intended to celebrate its 500th anniversary in 2003,
but the Department of Tourism announced earlier this year that it
uncovered new evidence suggesting that Bermudez actually discovered the
island in 1505.
Mr. Carreras said: "I am very pleased and honoured and happy to have the
opportunity to go to Bermuda for the first time, both professionally and
Depending upon his schedule, the tenor said he hopes to spend some time
in Bermuda relaxing.
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Los Angeles Times, 27 October 2002 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos
No one claims that the tenor's vocal state sounds anything like what it once did, but the leukemia survivor who is, arguably, most courtly of the Three Tenors, still has his devoted audience. Last year, they bought out his recital in Cerritos, and it's likely they'll do the same this year, when he sings works by Scarlatti, Tosti and Puccini, among others. (C.P.)
Carreras in vanguard of resurging opera
John Farrell, San Bernardino County Sun, 28 October 2002 One-third of 'Three Tenors' magic performs in Cerritos tonight
Remember the bad old days of opera?
They weren't all that long ago.
For an entire century and more, opera was big-time show business, the
place where the money was to be found, where the most fashionable people
of all classes could be found, where all the excitement was to be found.
But times changed and tastes change: opera was no longer the biggest
show in town, and by the '70s, though there were successful companies in
many cities, opera was scoffed at by those who judged art by income. No
one wanted this odd child, made of antique music and foreign languages,
expensive to produce, intellectual, old-fashioned.
Hard to say where that changed. Maybe it was supertitles: printed
translations of the foreign-language text projected over the performance
so operagoers could follow the story, even in Czech and Russian.
And maybe it was the magical conjunction of talent, art and public taste
that became the phenomenon known simply as "The Three Tenors." '
When Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo joined with their friend Jose
Carreras in 1984 to celebrate his recovery from illness in a spectacular
concert recorded for posterity, they sold albums, video tapes and public
television subscriptions like no one before. Each time they came
together before the microphones was a major social and artistic event
and, equally important, a commercial success. Opera was suddenly big
Are the "Three Tenors" ' the reason opera has boomed in the past two
decades. "I wouldn" t want to be that arrogant,'' Jose Carreras said in
a recent phone conversation from New York, where he was resting before
heading west for his solo recital this evening at the Cerritos Center.
(Last year's recital sold out.)
"I wouldn" t want to be that arrogant,'' Carreras said, "but I think we
offer this kind of music to a larger audience, and they like it. People
who don" t feel comfortable going to an opera house but who feel
comfortable in an open-air stadium can discover something they haven't
"There are a tremendous number of young people who come to our open-air
concerts, and I think their presence is proof that opera is going to
Barcelona-born Carreras began his career in 1970 and was soon
world-reknowned, making early debuts at La Scala in Milan, at the