Josep Carreras ofereix un emotiu Concert de Nadal a la Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar de Barcelona

Three days before Christmas, on 22 December, Josep Carreras offered an amazing and extremely emotional Christmas concert in his hometown, Barcelona, at the suggestive Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, crowded for the traditional musical event.

He was accompanied by Spanish soprano Susana Cordón, Cor Vivaldi and the Arts Symphony Ensemble conducted by David Giménez.


The concert, which was part of the 20th edition of the Festival Mil·lenni, was extraordinarily broadcast by RTVE La 2 on Christmas Day, 8pm.

This means that it's the second Carreras' concert broadcast by television on Christmas Day this year, together with the Italian one in Assisi, broadcast by Rai1 in Eurovision instead.

Once again, if you missed it you can try and go for the full VIDEO on the RTVE website, in the A la carta section, here.

Similarly to the Assisi concert, this one consisted of only one part plus encores. However, if we compare it to his most recent performances, we clearly see that Josep Carreras insisted a bit more on the Catalan tradition of Christmas carols, as expected and natural, and the audience appreciated it a lot as the broadcast proved as well.

After his typical opening with Adeste Fideles together with the Vivaldi Choir, the tenor sang Romanç de Santa Llúcia and a thrilling rendition of Pregària, which warmed up the audience. Furthermore, he picked Schubert with lullaby Mille Cherubini in Coro and Spanish traditional La virgen lava pañales, before closing the official program with a magnificent White Christmas.

Soprano Susana Cordón, who sang along with Josep Carreras for the first time, picked from the Mozart sacred repertoire instead, first with Laudate Dominum, and then with Exultate Jubilate. Allelujah, then followed by traditional Ay! Para Navidad.

After that, she joined the legendary tenor in a duet-version of Cantique de Noël and Carol of the Drums.

The Arts Symphony Ensemble conducted by David Giménez played the Intermezzo from Bizet's Arlésienne Suite and then accompanied the Cor Vivaldi in Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and in a Christmas Medley including popular carols like Jingle BellsSanta Claus is coming to townHappy Christmas (War is over)It's Christmas time this year, and Winter Wonderland.

Four encores for a stunning concert whose atmosphere gained even more magic from such a breathtaking frame as the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar.

Josep Carreras started with I'll be home for Christmas, then followed by a heartfelt rendition of Vives' L'emigrant, such a meaningful election due to current situation, which Carreras beautifully sang in mezza voce.
This could have been the most touching moment of the concert, considering that the audience responded with respectful standing-ovations. But then, after Susana Cordón's cheerful version of Let it snow!, Carreras addressed the audience announcing their wish to dedicate Stille Nacht to their beloved Montserrat Caballé, and asked the audience to join them singing in the Santa Nit (Catalan lyrics) part.

At this point, no adjective could possibly fit this concert as far from the emotional point of view. It was just beyond words.