Josep Carreras - Special evenings in Lisbon and at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow

Josep Carreras has recently resumed his farewell world tour. Last Saturday, 28 September, he performed at the Altice Arena in Lisbon with soprano Isabel Alcobia and the Orquestra Sinfonietta de Lisboa conducted by David Giménez.

According to the press, the concert was as majestic as emotional.


Altice Arena (Facebook)

During the press conference, when he was asked if this was to be his last performance in the country, he answered that he would surely come back to Portugal to sing if further occasions came out. He explains that he has always felt welcome and respectfully treated, so it is always a pleasure for him to be back to a country whose people are so sensitive towards music and art.

In a previous interview recorded at his Foundation's headquarter in Barcelona, he talked about the reason why he established it in 1988, and when he was asked about his colleague Plácido Domingo he said that all what he can say is that he has never seen him acting in a way that wasn't the correct one.

After his concert in Lisbon, he arrived in Moscow and on 30 September he offered a press conference on occasion of his performance at the State Kremlin Palace scheduled for Tuesday, 1 October.




During the press conference he said that returning to the Russian capital is a matter of great satisfaction on both professional and personal sides. In addition, he said that Moscow has changed a lot if you compared it to how in was 30 years ago, that now is one of the most impressive cities in Europe and the world, and that every time there is something new to enjoy every time you go there.

With reference to the program, he explained that they had prepared a typical concert for such circumstances. He know the hall very well due to past performances, so he hoped that this was the kind of concert  the audience would appreciate and expect from him.

Talking about football, Josep Carreras that after the concert, he would be back to his hometown, Barcelona, in time in order to attend the Champions League match, FC Barcelona - Inter. Even though he is still recovering from the shocking defeat with Liverpool, he is optimistic about this match.

By special coincidence, the concert was held on the Music International Day. Josep Carreras shared the stage of the hall of the Kremlin Palace with soprano Daria Zíkova and the Moscow City Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Giménez.


According to the printed program (and not only!), the Catalan tenor opened the first part with Neapolitan songs, in particular L'ultima Canzone and Pecché, later followed by Vurria, to finish then with a stunning version of The Impossible Dream.

On her turn, Russian soprano performed Je veux vivre from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus, to join then Carreras for the first duet, Je te veux.

After the intermission, Josep Carreras came back to the stage and beautifully sang Derevitsky's Serenata sincera, Passione and Rosó (Pel teu amor), one of the most appreciated song of Catalan tradition.

Daria Zíkova sang Mercé, dilette amiche from Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani and Arditi's Il Bacio.

The singers joined together again to sing zarzuela duet El dúo de la Africana, and at the end Carreras closed the official program with one of his cavalli di battaglia, Dicitencello vuje.

The Moscow City Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Giménez had three solo performances during the concert: Ouvertures from Rossini's La Gazza Ladra and Strauss' Die Fledermaus in the first part, and the intermezzo from La boda de Luis Alonso in the second part.

You can watch and listen very short fragments of almost each song of the program here below. This video shows a Carreras in fine conditions and, most of all, his unique, sincere and passionate way of conveying feelings and emotions.

During the encores he sang Chitarra Romana, Granada and a special tribute to Russia, popular song Ochi chyornye, which was extremely enjoyed by the audience. 

The concert ended with Brindisi from La Traviata.