José Carreras – A Life Story

A Documentary by Chris Hunt
A Co-production of Monarda Arts / RM Arts, Iambic Productions and LWT South Bank Show


In 1987, José Carreras, one of the world’s top three operatic tenors, fell victim to leukaemia and was given only a ten per cent chance of survival. Triumphantly, he beat the odds, recovering from the disease and returning to the stage. This moving film profile tells his extraordinary story and features him in rehearsal, performance and interview. Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Claudio Abbado and Colin Davis, among others, reveal both their personal fondness for Carreras and their professional admiration for his talent.

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Producer: Maureen Murray
Executive Producer: Richard Price
Director: Chris Hunt
Production Management: Judy Chesterman
Cameras: Ken Morse, Andrew Dunn, David Findlay, Dedo Weigert, Martin Abert
Sound: Trevor Carless
Editor: Ian Pitch
Running Time: 52/81 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1991

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Elio Boncompagni

Piano: Lorenzo Bavaj

Young Carreras: George Booth