Reign of Spain: Plácido Domingo. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

He has sung more than 140 operatic roles and made a record with Carlos Santana. He has run two opera companies, worked as a conductor, created an inte(...)

José Carreras performs in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: Marco Prosch/Getty Images

Barcelona made him. José Carreras took his first operatic steps in the city by the Mediterranean. His early performances, as a boy with a gifted voice(...)