Opera legend José Carreras has promised a magical midsummer night when he performs his first concert in Cork next year.
“The programme will contain great music from opera, operetta, musical, and song in an evening to remember,” the Spanish tenor said.
Carreras, 68, who shot to fame following a performance during the 1990 World Cup in Rome with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo as ‘The Three Tenors’, will perform a double bill with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra at a fully seated concert at Musgrave Park on June 20, it was announced yesterday.
Tickets went on sale early yesterday and are selling fast.
The son of a traffic warden and a hairdresser, Carreras said he was thrilled to be coming to Cork, and to be performing alongside Jenkins.
“Katherine is a beautiful lady a wonderful singer and a very nice colleague,” he said.
“I am very much looking forward to performing with her again. Apart from our solo pieces, we will also perform some wonderful duets, like the drinking song from La Traviata.”
It will be Jenkins’s second concert in Cork after her sellout shows in City Hall in 2013.
Next year’s double bill builds on the success of last year’s smash Il Divo concert at Musgrave Park on a glorious summer’s evening.
A spokesman for the Cork City Orchestra described that concert as an incredible night for Cork.
“Next year, we are bringing to Cork not just one international superstar, but two, in what will be a fantastic concert from both stars,” he said.
“The opportunity to see José and Katherine singing together is unique and we expect huge demand for tickets not just from Ireland but from abroad.”
However, organisers have taken in some criticisms of last year’s show and made changes.
The Carreras/Jenkins double bill will run to some two and a half hours — longer than the Il Divo concert.
And unlike at the Il Divo concert, the bars inside the venue will close during the set and a major sound system reconfiguration will improve the quality of the sound for concert goers.
Arrangements have also been made to repeat the free city centre bus shuttle service to and from the venue.
Tickets, priced €45,are available from Ticketmaster.ie and Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St, Cork.
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