Josep Carreras triumphed in Ljubljana with Martina Zadro and Miquel Ortega (Photos and Videos)

Last Sunday, 10 March, Josep Carreras resumed his world tour and triumphed with an amazing, sold-out concert at the Arena Stožice in Ljubljana

He was accompanied by the RTV Slovenija Orchestra conducted by Maestro Miquel Ortega, and was joined on stage by soprano Martina Zadro. Special guest of the event, singer Jan Plestenjak who performed two songs.



As he stressed during the press conference, which was held two days before, he has a very special bond with Ljubljana, as it is the hometown of Professor Ciril Rozman, one of his doctors when he was fighting against leukaemia, former (now honorary) Vice President of the Josep Carreras  Leukaemia Foundation. One of the most important references in his life, for sure.


On the eve of the concert, Carreras visited the children's oncology department at the pediatric clinic and stopped at the department of hematology of the internal clinic UKC Ljubljana, which his Foundation supported years ago with an important donation.

About 10.000 people warmly welcomed Josep Carreras as he stepped onto the beautifully decorated stage of the Stožice Arena, in which he had already performed in 2010 with what he has defined as "a concert to remember".

Throughout the concert, the Catalan tenor received several standing ovations as he offered impressive renditions of L'ultima canzone, Pecché, Rosó (Pel teu amor) and The Impossible Dream.

After the performance of his guest, Slovenian artist Jan Plestenjak, Carreras warmed up the atmosphere even more during the second part, starting with Serenata Sincera, Passione, and Ya mis horas felices which layed the ground to an astonishing finale with Neapolitan song Dicitencello vuje.

Carreras was joined by Martina Zadro for duets like Je te veux, and El dúo de la Africana.

By herself, the soprano sang Je veux vivre from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and Vilja from Lehár's The Merry Widow, Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß from Lehár's Giuditta, and Délibes' Les filles de Cadix.

Indeed, the concert was opened by the RTV Slovenija Orchestra wonderfully conducted by Miquel Ortega, which played Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suite. Farandole, Shostakovich's Jazz Suite no.2, and a largely applauded Intermezzo from Jiménez's La Boda de Luis Alonso.

Never ending ovations, bravos and bunches of flowers to all the artist at the end of the official program of the concert which totally convinced them to offer an extra part with 5 encores.

A smiling Carreras in a very good shape, who put heart and soul from the very beginning by giving full evidence of his exquisite phrasing and unaltered timbre, additionally sang Chitarra Romana and Torna a Surriento, while Martina Zadro chose I Could Have Danced All Night.

At the end, they joined together for two more duets, Amigos para siempre and Brindis from La Traviata, which you can enjoy by watching the videos below.