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Jose Carreras bowing out of opera

Jose Carreras
Carreras said that opera singers can easily cross over to popular music

Spanish tenor Jose Carreras has announced that he is to retire from performing on the operatic stage.

The 62-year-old singer told The Times newspaper that in opera terms "my career is done", admitting full roles were now too demanding.

But Carreras said that he still hoped to perform in recitals, and would "adapt the repertoire to my needs".

Placido Domingo is now the only one of the Three Tenors still appearing in opera. Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007.

Carreras is due to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Classical Brits in London on Tuesday.

'Genuine and spontaneous'

It is expected that Domingo will present him with his honour, but the pair are unlikely to perform together.

Carreras and his two fellow tenors were watched by hundreds of millions of viewers in a performance on the eve of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

The Spaniard said the trio approached the concert in "a genuine and spontaneous way" as "we were football fans".

The performance also raised funds for Carreras' leukaemia foundation, which he founded after recovering from the illness in 1988.

Carreras still gives around 50 recitals a year and has recently released a new album of popular operatic pieces.

His career, which began in 1970, encompasses a repertoire of 60 operas.

The star has performed on all the great operatic stages of the world, including New York's Metropolitan Opera House and the Royal Opera House in London.

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