Born into a modest family (his mother was a hairdresser and his father was a part of the Urban Guard Corp), from childhood showed a clear vocation for singing.
At the age of seven he entered the Municipal Conservatory, where he studied music theory, piano and singing with Mrs. Magda Pruneda, Professor of Choral Graciense. Since that time he began to sing everything he heard, from fragments of zarzuela and opera to popular songs, his grandfather Salvador, great music fan, taught him what he knew.
His first performance was at Radio Barcelona, at the age of seven. It also debuted as a child in the Gran Teatro del Liceo making a boy soprano in the role of Trujamán in El retablo de Maese Pedro, de Falla, led by Jose Iturbi, with Manuel Ausensi as Don Quixote. While receiving music lessons, studied high school at the Institute Montserrat, had the idea of continuing studies at the faculty of chemistry, but when he attended the screening of the film The Great Caruso, a local cinema, he was so impressed that only thereafter wanted to study to become a singer. The first opera he attended, from the fifth floor of the Lyceum and accompanied by his father, was Aida, with Renata Tebaldi and Umberto Borso.
At seventeen he began his singing seriously, and made great progress over four years, but still parallel with the studies of chemistry, and also worked in a cosmetics laboratory. But the song was most important to him. Don Juan Antonio Pamias listened to him, manager of the Lyceum, who was amazed by his voice and offered in 1970 a short role in the opera Flavio in Norma, sung by Montserrat Caballé, Fiorenza Prevedi Cosotto and Bruno, then played Ismaele in Nabucco, along with Cornell and Bonaldo MacNell Giaotti.Josep Carreras
In 1970 he triumphed in Madrid in Verdi’s Requiem. Montserrat Caballé immediately appreciated his voice and arguably “discovered” by admission to sing at her side, at the Lyceum, the Lucrezia Borgia Gennaro when he was only twenty-four. Racing went well for a first tenor comprimario. He obtained an important victory.
The following year in Busetto won first prize in the International Competition for Verdian Voices, which opened the doors of the Teatro Regio of Parma, playing his first Boheme. Was then presented at the Royal Festival Hall in London with Maria Estuarda, with Caballé, and, after a magnificent Adriana Lecouvreur singing together at the Lyceum in 1972, became a tenor quoted.
From this date, after his debut in New York, began an international career upward, entering the circle of the great interpreters. In New York City Opera debuted singing Madame Butterfly and was in this theater for two seasons.
At Covent Garden in London began in 1974 with La Traviata, at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1974 sang Rigoletto, La Scala in Un ballo in maschera represented in 1975 at the Metropolitan in New York was presented with Tosca and Rigoletto, in 1975 acted in Salzburg under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, with Don Carlo, Verdi’s Requiem, von Karajan made him his favorite tenor thereafter, in Munich Corelli sang Tosca replaces, and later achieving great successes in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Buenos Aires, Berlin and San Francisco, among others, Andrea Kitchener, La forza del destino, L’Elixir d’amore, Carmen, I Pagliacci, Turandot, Romero et Juliette and Louise Miller.
His artistic activities were interrupted abruptly in 1987, he had to leave the filming of a movie version of La Boheme when he was diagnosed the serious illness that kept him away from the stage. In Paris he was diagnosed with acute blood disorder and was subsequently hospitalized at the Clinic of Barcelona. Because of a lymphoblastic leukemia, had to undergo an autologous bone marrow, this was successfully performed at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle (USA). Convalescence was slow but Carreras happily recovered thanks in part to his character and determination, and celebrated a concert in Barcelona at the Arc de Triomphe. Reappeared in July 1988 and in 1989 released the opera Christopher Columbus, Leonardo Balada.
In 1990 and 1994 concerts, called The Three Tenors, the conjunction of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti singing classical opera, jazz, musicals and popular music, proved to be a very attractive spectacle for millions of viewers. These collaborations in concerts with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo have earned international fame and a place among the most important tenors of his generation. Racing is a lyric tenor of remarkable personality. He has participated in the movie Final Romance (1986) giving life to the tenor Gayarre Navarre. In 1991 he shared with other singers Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.
After seven years of absence from the stage at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, back in the 2000 season at the Coliseum lyrical Barcelona with opera Sly and a year later, he staged Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns. In 2002 offered with the recital Junts Lluís Llach, an unprecedented experience in the tenor and the singer shared the stage at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona to play together some of the most popular Llach.