Staff Reporter

PALMA
THERE has been such a demand for tickets for the free concert which tenor José Carreras will give at the Cathedral at 9pm on February 14, that an additional 1'500 places will be made available, with audio-visual screens strategically placed so that everyone will be able to follow the concert.

The concert is in aid of the fight against leukemia and Carreras will be accomapanied at the piano by Lorenzo Bavaj.
The event has been organised by the Fundación Iberostar, in collaboration with the Fundación Sa Nostra, the Balearic Tourism Institute (IBATUR), the Cathedral and Malla Publicidad.

All funds raised will go to the projects of the Jose Carreras International Foundation for the Fight Against Leukemia, which was set up in 1988.
Since its foundation, it has offered psychological and financial support to leukemia patients, promotes research into treatments and has set up a bone marrow donors bank.

The Fundación Iberostar, a non-profit making organisation, was founded in 2004 to promote human and social development in different parts of the world. It has programmes to promote child education in Guatemala, Brazil and India, social integration programmes and fund-raising cultural events.

José Carreras was born in Barcelona on December 5, 1946, and at the age of eight sang for the first time in public, performing La Donna e Mobile on radio.

During his adolescence he studied at the Liceo in Barcelona, where he made his debute as Ismael in Nabucco and in Norma, with Montserrat Caballé in the leading role. Caballé invited him to sing in Lucrezia Borgia, his first great success. He sang with Caballé again in 1971 in London, and they have since appeared together in various works. At the age of 28, he had sung in 24 different operettas and in 1986 he made his debut as an actor, taking the role of tenor Julian Gayarre in the film Romanza Final.

But in 1987, at the height of his career, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and doctors gave him little chances of survival. However, after treatment including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he was able to resume his career, winning new followers as one of the Three Tenors, with Placido Domingo and Pavarotti.

The first of their concerts, on the eve of the 1990 FIFA World Cup final in Italy in 1990 was held to raise money for his foundation, and also as a way for his contemporaries, Domingo and Pavarotti, to welcome him back to the world of opera after his successful treatment for leukemia.

Tickets can be reserved online on: www.fundacion iberostar.org

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