1946 – José Carreras Coll was born 5th of December is a Catalan Spanish operatic tenor.
1954 – First public performance, singing La Donna e Mobile on Spanish national radio.
1957 – Appeared at the Liceu as a boy soprano in the role of the narrator in Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro and an urchin in the second act of La bohème.
– Carreras studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.
Made his debut at the Liceu as Flavio in Norma, coming to the attention of the famous soprano Montserrat Caballé, who sang the title role.
– Invited him to sing in a production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, his first major breakthrough.
1971 – With Caballé in his London stage debut a concert performance of Maria Stuarda.
1972 – Made his American debut as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.
1974 – Made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Duke of Mantua, as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Royal
Opera House and as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera.
1975 – Carreras made his debut at La Scala as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera.
1987 – Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was given a 1 in 10 chance of survival.
– After enduring almost a year of treatment including radiation, chemotherapy, and an autologous bone marrow transplant, he was able to resume his singing career.
1988 – Founded the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation, a charity which gives financial support to leukemia research and the registration of bone marrow donors.
1990 – Millions of people around the world watched The Three Tenors (Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti) give a concert at the opening of the World Cup in Rome.
1995 – Presented a yearly live televised benefit gala concert in Leipzig to raise funds for the foundation.