23 years of “The Three Tenors”

In July 7th of 1990,  in Caracalla, Rome,  José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti came together for the first time ever in a magnificent, beautiful and legendary concert that made history. And everybody in the entire world named them as “The Three Tenors”!

Spanish Opera tenors José Carreras and Plácido Domingo and the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti gave this historical concert in the ancient Baths of Caracalla, in Rome, Italy in July 7th of 1990, the eve of the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final.

Zubin Mehta conducted the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Italian producer Mario Dradi first conceived the idea of the concert.

The first concert was held to raise money for Carreras’s foundation; it was also for friends Domingo and Pavarotti a way to welcome their friend back into the world of opera after his successful treatment of leukemia.

The three subsequently sang together in concerts produced by Hungarian Tibor Rudas and other producers, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to coincide the final match of World Cup FIFA 1994, at the Champ de Mars under the Eiffel Tower during the World Cup FIFA 1998 and in Yokohama for the World Cup 2002 FIFA.

Also played in other cities around the world, usually performing in stadiums or other large spaces.

Many purists don’t like these “Three Tenors” concerts, saying opera was not music for millions (of people).   But I do NOT agree, when I was a child, I was ONE of those millions of people that saw on tv the great “Three Tenors” concerts and I was fascinated!
With those concerts, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti introduced to me to the fantastic world of Opera.  Now, as an adult, I am an opera lover and I have an appreciation of opera as a Gesamtkunstwerk (complete art work) as Wagner conceived it.    And I owe it all to the famous “Three Tenors Concerts”!
The Three Tenors concerts are in a very special place in my heart!
The concerts were a huge commercial success, and were accompanied by a series of best-selling recordings, including Carreras-Domingo-Pavarotti: The Three Tenors In Concert (which holds the Guinness World Record for the album’s best-selling classical music), The 3 Tenors In Concert 1994, The Three Tenors: Paris 1998, The Three Tenors Christmas, The Best of The Three Tenors. Zubin Mehta conducted the performances in 1990 and 1994. The Paris concert was conducted by James Levine.




The Three Tenors repertoire ranged from opera to Broadway to Neapolitan songs and pop hits.

The group’s signature songs included “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot (usually sung by Pavarotti) and the ballad “O Sole Mio” (which all three tenors typically sang together).



The Paris concert was also very beautiful, I have great memories from this concert!




I also love their Christmas concert and their Christmas concert Albums.














Thank you Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti for those beautiful concerts!


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