José Carreras's charity activities
Also, every year, he provides the Foundation with a demonstration of his artistic talent and the international recognition he enjoys. By offering benefit concerts he is able to raise considerable funds that increase the Foundation's capital and allow us to continue applying our programmes with financial security and independence from government funds.
In 1988, at the concert that marked his return to scene after suffering from leukaemia generous donations were made that created the necessary capital to establish the Foundation. The concert took place at the Arch of Triumph in Barcelona in front of 150.000 people. Since then, the tenor has offered benefit concerts in cities such as: Barcelona, Verona, San Pedro del Vaticano, Seattle, Lausanne, Tokyo, Nueva York, Roma, Salzburgo, Londres, Solothurn, Vicenza, Neustadt, Detroit, Florencia, Basilea, Montecarlo, Viena, Washington DC, México DF, Pamplona, París, Mannheim, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Aschaffenburg, Saint Moritz, Manchester, Zagreb, Munich, Rotterdam, Madrid, Lech, Atlanta, Escaldes (Andorra), Úbeda, Gars am Kamp, Pesaro, Castelton Farms (Virginia), Edimburgo, Estepona, Cap Roig-Calella de Palafrugell, Eindhoven, Kössen, Altea, Alma Ata, Cheltenham, Guernsey, Sydney, Neuchatel, Palma de Mallorca or Atenas.
The charity concerts offered by José Carreras have taken place in very special public places and some of the most emblematic auditoriums in the world like como el Arc de Triomf de Barcelona, Arena di Verona, Sala Nervi del Vaticano, Seattle Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Termas de Caracalla, Palacio de Pedralbes, Kennedy Center, Palau de la Música Catalana, Opéra Comique de París, Fuentes de Montjuic, Teatro Drury Lane de Londres, Camp Nou, Catedral de Palma de Mallorca, Concert Hall Megaron de Atenas, Gran Teatre del Liceu or Teatro Real de Madrid.
In many cases, these benefit concerts have been sponsored by companies and organizations that wanted to enjoy José Carreras's voice and contribute generously to the Foundation's objectives. Some of them are: Chopard, Parthenon Trust, Sony, La Vanguardia, El País, Telemedia, Le Muse d'Oro, Fonoteam, Fundació Barcelona, Olympus, Das Beste Reader's Digest, Australian Music Foundation, Japan Marrow Donor Foundation, Warner Music Netherland, Lyons Club Italia, Kassukunde Bank of Austria, IMG, AECOC, HMV Group, RTL Deutsche TV, Bone Marrow Foundation US, Rich Foundation, Amway, Vichy Catalán, Maecenas Foundation, Agfa, Sanyo, IESE, Guipuzcoana, Honda, Caixa de Girona, Unión de Bancos Suizos, Würth andBankinter.
José Carreras has also lent his prestigious image to the marketing campaigns of several brands. As compensation, the Foundation received donations equivalent to the fee that José Carreras would have received from these companies. Some of the most representative cases are the long collaboration with Chopard, the launch of Doctor Barbie in 1995 with Mattel, the campaign with Vichy Catalán in 1998, the Musical Gastronomy book launched in 2001 or the collection Opera Classics 400 years, edited by La Vanguardia, El País and Le Monde.