José Carreras Coll is a Catalan operatic tenor. In 1972, he made his American debut in “Madame Butterfly”. By the age of 28, Jose had sung the lead tenor in twenty-four different operas. In 1988, he founded the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation, a charity which gives financial support to leukemia research and the registration of bone marrow donors. Since 1995, he has presented a yearly live televised benefit gala concert in Leipzig to raise funds for the foundation.
In 1990, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched “The Three Tenors” give a concert at the opening of the World Cup in Rome. In addition to opera, Carreras also recorded “West Side Story” with conductor Leonard Bernstein. He is mostly admired for his Verdi and Puccini roles.