Page last updated on: January 21, 2006

on tour...
April - June 2005
April 3 Ourense Spain - recital with pianist Enrique Ricci to inaugurate the new auditorium of the city's Pazo de Congresos. At the start of the recital Carreras asked the audience to join him in a moment of silence (photo right) in remembrance of Pope John Paul II, who had died the previous day. The recital ended with a standing ovation from the audience.
Photo of Carreras in Oursense from EFE
April 6-10 Busseto, Italy - President of the Jury 45° Concorso Voci Verdiane. In the photo (right) taken during the competition, Carreras shares the speakers' platform with his old friend and fellow jury member, Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli
Photo courtesy of Laura Scandariato
April 20 Munich, Germany - attends the Annual Meeting of the German José Carreras Leukaemia foundation where over $14,000,000 was allocated to 38 new research and patient care projects.
Photo courtesy of Deutschen José Carreras Leukämie-Stiftung
April 22 Künzelsau, Germany - guest stars at the celebration of  the 60th anniversary of the Würth-Gruppe company. The event was attended by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and former German President Roman Herzog.
Photo of Carreras in performance from the Hohenloher Zeitung 24.04.2005
April 25 Barcelona, Spain - concert in aid of the Fundación Internacional Josep Carreras at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Albert Vilardell wrote in El Mundo that the concert, which received a standing ovation, ended with "a very refined 'Core 'ngrato' sung with intense and beautiful phrasing".
Photo of Carreras in performance from El Mundo, 26 April 2005
April 30 Dublin, Ireland - concert in the Point Theatre accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Gloria Choir. Wrote the choir director: "To hear Carrerras' operatic tones blend with our own 32 voices is an experience no one Gloria member will ever forget."  The previous day Carreras appeared in a lengthy television interview on RTÉ (photo right).
Photo of Carreras interview from RTÉ One , 29 April 2005
May 27 Sofia, Bulgaria - visits a children's leukemia ward (photo right) and holds a pre-concert press conference. Carreras arrived in Sofia with a party of eight, including his daughter Julia, son Albert and daughter-in-law Ingrid.
Photo from BNT News 27 May 2005
May 28 Sofia, Bulgaria - concert in the National Palace of Culture with soprano Tsvetelina Maldzhanska and the Sofia Metropolitain Orchestra conducted by David Giménez. Carreras' good friend, Hristo Stoichkov, the head coach of the Bulgarian football team and former star player for Barcelona FC was in the front row, and amidst great applause presented a bouquet to Carreras at the end of the concert.
Photo by BTA from Novinite, 28 May 2005
May 30 Stuttgart, Germany - private charity gala for the Oscar Lapp Foundation in the Stuttgarter Liederhalle. In the photo (right) Carreras with Mrs. Ursula Lapp, the President of the foundation in honour of her late husband which funds research into heart disease. Carreras was accompanied in the concert by pianist Lorenzo Bavaj. Several large high-resolution photos of the gala are available here.
Photo from the Oskar-Lapp-Stiftung
June 2 Monterrey, Mexico - press conference with Plácido Domingo and Alejandro Fernández to announce that the Three Tenors concert will go ahead after Luciano Pavarotti cancelled his appearance for health reasons. Fernández, a pop singer who was originally to be a guest performer would have an expanded role in the concert. At the press conference Carreras said that he and Domingo "would put even more entusiasm and emotión into the concert" to compensate the public for Pavarotti's absence.
Photo by Juan Manuel Villasenor/Associated Press
June 4 Monterrey, Mexico - 'Two out of Three Tenors' concert with Plácido Domingo and Alejandro Fernández in the Parque Fundidora. Its start was chaotic with seats collapsing in several sections, audience members unable to find their places due to a lack of ushers, and a sound system failure in some areas. However, once it finally got underway, the concert seems to have been fairly successful. The programme, distinctly Mexican in flavour, included zarzuela arias, 'Granada', 'Cielito Lindo' and a choral rendition of 'The Hymn to the Monterrey Forum 2007' composed by Plácido Domingo Jr. The evening ended with a fireworks display.
Photo by Juan José Cerón, El Norte, 5 June 2005
June 10 Madrid, Spain - serves as one of the judges in the Operalia voice competition founded by friend and colleague Plácido Domingo (shown here conducting the finalists at the Teatro Real).
Photo from EFE, 10 June 2005
June 15 Hampton Court Festival, UK - open-air concert with Hayley Westenra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Giménez.

June 28 Athens, Greece - concert with soprano Sumi Jo in the Herodes Atticus outdoor theatre with David Giménez conducting.  The Athens newspaper Kathimerini reports that the concert was "an apotheosis" with 8 encores.
Photo of José Carreras and Sumi Jo in concert from Ta Nea 30.06.2005
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