Bravo Cura

Celebrating José Cura--Singer, Conductor, Director





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2016 Miscellaneous




Concert: Symphonic (conductor)

 Auditori Enric Granados



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The Julià Carbonell Orchestra celebrates its 15th Anniversary with symphonic and lyric works

Los actos incluyen un concierto dirigido por el tenor José Cura The events include a concert directed by tenor José Cura

EFE Lleida




Symphony Orchestra Julià Carbonell (OJC) Terres de Lleida celebrates 15th  anniversary of its creation this year with a new image and a full program of symphonic and operatic works, including a concert conducted by tenor José Cura, a tribute Beethoven and Granados Goyescas in stage version.

The orchestra director Alfons Reverté and the secretary of the Fundació Julià Carbonell, Antoni Pallès, today presented in Barcelona the campaign to promote orchestral training, with the motto "El nostre auditori, el territori" and a program Of concerts that began last October 16 with a tribute to the classical guitarist of the Emilian Pujol.

The opening concert will take place on 13 November with the recital "La Julià Carbonell & Friends," which will bring together in the Auditori Enric Granados some of the soloists and groups that have passed through the orchestra in these years, such as the French horn Juanma Gómez, the mezzo-soprano Marta Infante, the baritone Lluís Sintes and the Blaumut group.

The renowned tenor José Cura, in his role of conductor, arrives at the Auditori on December 17 to conduct the Julià Carbonell with a program with works by Barber, Piazzola and Dvorak.


Alfons Reverté said that the OJC is "a project that emerges from the territory" of Lleida and that, after the first 15 years, it is now intended "to give a new impetus to the orchestra", with an image campaign "to help position it, spread its work and give it a touch of quality."

The OJC, supported economically by a foundation that receives contributions from the City Council and the Diputación de Lleida, undertakes to combine prestigious performances at its headquarters in the capital with the concerts it carries throughout Lleida.

Reverté, who aspires to make the OJC to be a normal orchestra of a medium-sized European city, has recognized that training has difficulty accessing certain prestigious festivals, such as Perelada, although he has pointed out that "we do not give up" .




Cura in Concert - Saarbrucken


6 November












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An interview with José Cura by Stefan Schmerbeck


José Cura, you have compiled a program with only Latin American titles - with Spanish texts. Is Spanish, as your mother tongue, the language in which you feel most comfortable as a singer?

Actually I feel most comfortable as a singer in Italian. But when it comes to songs or lighter songs like here, Spanish is second to none in its sweetness. I chose the program because it is also a tribute to Alberto Ginastera, whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year.

I am also pleased that we two numbers from my song cycle, consisting of seven sonnets by Pablo Neruda. I wrote this cycle "Si muero, sobrevíveme!" (If I should die, survive me!) many years ago: it's a 25-minute interaction between Matilde Neruda, the wife of the poet, and the poet himself in verse form.


You were born in Argentina, but in 1991 have left the country. What relationship do you have today for Argentina?

An artist, especially a successful artist, must also act as cultural ambassador for his country.  So when I sing the music of my country in my language it is both a pleasure for me but also an obligation!

Moreover, the quality of the South American songs is very good - some of our song composers, but above all Carlos Guastavino, do not have to envy either Schubert or Schumann, as once expressed in a seminar by Arthur Rubinstein.



Listen to select songs excerpted from the concert


Cura Comments

Guastavino Set

Ginastera Set I

Ginastera Set II

José Cura Set

Panizza Set










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Star Tenor José Cura in Saarbrücken

Concert with DRP in Homage of South America

Kultur und Sport

Erwin Altmeier

8 November 2016


The Matinee Concerts of the German Radiophilharmonie in the Congresshalle Saarbrücken are usually sold out—this time, too—but one would never have expected to experience the international star José Cura in Saarbrücken, and even more beautiful was that the DRP managed to obligate this exceptional tenor for a concert of South American music, including works by (the artist) himself.  The list of presented works was long, ranging from Robles' "El cóndor poasa", in the original version, to little known pieces from Rebagliati, Guastavino, Ginastera and Panizza to still living composers Benzecry, Lopez and Cura.

The drummers of the orchestra this time also played on instruments which have not been heard in classical concerts [in this hall] before.  But the boundaries between E- and U- music (an often maligned division between “serious” and “fun” music) collapsed with the works offered—all of them high quality with a huge range from melancholic passages to fiery ecstatic rhythms.  José Cura, acclaimed as an operatic tenor on the major stages of the world, is not only a singer but has also studied composition and conducting.  And he has the talent to be able to talk with his audience in a very personable manner, which he demonstrated at the Saarbrücken concert now and then.  His great voice unfolded in rarely heard sounds of beauty and intensity in piano, then blossomed into room-filling expressiveness (marvel at the aria "Alta en el cielo" from Panizza Opera "Aurora") which wowed the audience.  Cura bid farewell to the audience with a much applauded encore. 

The audience of Luxemburger Philharmonie will have an opportunity to experience this grandiose concert on 7 November 2016, when the German Radiophilharmonie will be there together with José Cura.























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