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José Carreras on DVD
Image: Carreras DVD collage
The following is a record of José Carreras performances on commercial DVD. Where available, recording information has been included. Note that company, release date and catalog number may vary geographically. For some entries, the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) is provided. The most recent addition to the record is here.

Unfortunately, the webmaster is not able to answer personal enquires concerning where the DVDs listed here can be purchased. However, for online shops, try one of the links here. Another useful link is Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified which explains the various formats and encodings.

There are many 'pirate' recordings of live Carreras performances on DVD as well, although the quality of these is very variable. CarrerasCaptures has information on obtaining these types of DVDs.



Great Tenor Performances
A compilation of arias from live opera performances over the past 25 years. This DVD has two arias from Carreras - 'La mia letizia infondere' from I Lombardi alla prima crociata and 'Colpito qui m'avete' from Andrea Chenier, both in La Scala. 
(Other tenors included are: Roberto Alagna, Placido Domingo, Giacomo Aragall, John Mark Ainsley, Vladimir Atlantov, Max-Rebe Cosotti, Luciano Pavarotti, Neil Shicoff, Jon Vickers, Franco Bonisolli, Nicola Martinucci.) 
Encoding: Region 2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan only)
Studio: Warner Music Vision
DVD Release Date: 25 October, 1999
Run Time: 74 minutes
Catalogue Number: 0630186262

Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)
Caballé, Carreras, Cossotto  - Tokyo (1976)
Label: VAI 4435.
Encoding: All regions NTSC
DVD release date: August 2008

Andrea Chenier (Giordano)
Carreras, Marton, Cappuccilli, Mazzieri, Riccardo Chailly - La Scala (1985)
Studio: NVC Arts/Kultur Video
Release Date: March 2006

La Bohème (Puccini)
Stratas,  Carreras, Scotto, James Levine -  Metropolitan Opera (1982)
Studio: Pioneer Video
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: August 2, 1999
Run Time: 123 minutes
Production Company: Pioneer Classics

Carmen (Bizet)
Levine, Baltsa, Carreras - MET (1986)
Studio: Uni/Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000

Don Carlo (Verdi) (sometimes listed as Don Carlos)
Herbert Von Karajan - His Legacy for Home Video
Carreras/Baltsa/Izzo D'amico/Cappuccilli/Furlanetto
Encoding: Regions 1 and 2
Studio: Sony Classical 48312
Original Release Date: 1991
DVD Release Date: November 2002

I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Verdi)
La Scala, 1984, Carreras (tenor), Dimitrova (soprano), Gavazzeni (conductor)
Encoding: Region 2
Studio: Warner Music Vision 0927449272
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2004
Run Time: 125 minutes
Also available with Region 1 encoding on the Kultur Video label (ASIN: B0002HODD6)

Stiffelio (Verdi)
Downes, Carreras, Malfitano, Royal Opera Covent Garden (1993)
Studio: Kultur
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
Run Time: 123 minutes
Production Company: Kultur

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Gardelli, Carreras, Ricciarelli, Nucci. Live performance, Bregenz, Austria (1982)
Label: Bel Canto Society #D451  (ASIN: B000EQ5Q4U)
Release Date: May 9, 2006
Encoding: Region 1


Jose Carreras and Friends - Concerto ad Honorem
Concert given in the Teatro dell' Opera in Rome on 17 August 2000 to celebrate The World Day of Youth, part of the Vatican Millennium Jubilee. The concert also features soprano Hong Mei and the gospel choir, High Spirit.
  Recording Date: August 17, 2000
  DVD Release Date: August 19,  2002
  Studio: Unlimited Media #PSV0331046
  Encoding: Zone 2 (Europe, the Middle East & Japan only)

Le Gala, au Théâtre de Taormina
José Carreras, Rossana Potenza, David Giménez (Conductor)
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
Studio:  Warner Vision France
Encoding: Zone 2 (Europe, the Middle East & Japan only)

José Carreras - Around the World
  DVD Release Date (Europe, Japan): November 25, 2002
  Producer/Studio: Filmhaus Leipzig/Peter Kupfer. (Music from the audio CD by Warner)
  Encoding: Zone 2 (Europe, the Middle East & Japan only)

  DVD Release date (USA): 17 February 2003
  Label: ALIVE, Cat Number: 10102
  Encoding: Zone 1 (North America)

Operafest - Zurich Opera Gala Concert
Carreras, Freni, Hampson, Popp, Kraus, Jones, Zampieri, Ghiaurov (1984)
Studio: Video Arts International (VAI)
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005

Requiem  (Verdi) 1982
Live from the Edinburgh International Festival, Claudio Abbado, conducting
Studio: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
Run Time: 120 minutes
Production Company: Image Entertainment
(Also available in Region 2, 5, 6 encoding  from Arthaus Musik #100 146)

Te Deum/Overture to Die Meistersinger (Berlioz/Wagner) 1992
Live from the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Claudio Abbado conducting
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
Run Time: 67 minutes
(Also available outside the USA, Japan and Korea from Arthaus Musik #102 029)

Requiem (Verdi)
Herbert von Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic
Studio: Sony Classics
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
Production Company: Sony

Send Round the Song - A Christmas Celebration
(With Tony Randall. The singers featured are Kurt Rydl, Hermann Prey, Peter Dvorsky, Edda Moser, Edita Gruberova, Placido Domingo, Peter Hoffmann, Katia Ricciarelli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and The Vienna Boys Choir)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000

Jubilaeum Collection 2000 A.D.Note that each of  the following three concerts has been marketed under more than one title and/or series and often with conflicting or inaccurate performance data. 

  The Jubilee Concerto with José Carreras and Lorenzo Bavaj
  (Performed in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggoiore in Rome)
  Studio: Image Entertainment
  DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001

  Concerto di Natale Christmas Concert with Jose Carreras (1998)
  José Carreras with David Gimenez conducting the Arturo Toscanini Orchestra
  (Listed in some descriptions as performed in the Basilica of Sant' Ambrogio in Milan with
  the Emilia Romagna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Gimenez)
  DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
  Run Time: 80 minutes
  Production Company: Image Entertainment

  The Millennium Concerts: Concerto di Pasqua (Easter Concert)
  (Performed in the  Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, April 1998)
  David Gimenez conductor
  Enrico Castiglione art director
  Production Company: Festival di Pasqua, Via Alberico II, 33 - 00193 Roma
  (released in Holland by DFW Dutch Film Works)

Requiem From Sarajevo (Mozart) 1994
Zubin Mehta conducting
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
Run Time: 50 minutes
Production Company: Image Entertainment

Johann Strauss Gala - An Evening of Polka, Waltz, and Operetta 1999
Label: Arthaus Musik #100 025
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2000
Run Time: 90 minutes
Encoding: All regions

Metropolitan Opera - Centennial Gala 1983
Production Company: Pioneer Classics PC-94-046-D

Verdi Gala (Parma) 2001
Jose Carreras; Jose Cura; Placido Domingo; Marcelo Alvarez Barbara Frittoli; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orch; Zubin Mehta
(includes Behind The Scenes, slide show, spoken introductions by the artists)
Production company: EuroArts/TDK Mediactive DV-GGDV
DVD Release Date: February 14,  2002

José Carreras: Energia
(includes recording studio footage and lengthy interview)
Studio/Distributor: Flashpoint AG  
EAN: 4041756006324
Release Date: 28 December, 2005

O Sole Mio  NEW
Recital, Teatro Parioli, Rome, 24 May 1996
Studio: Pan Dream (ASIN: B000EZ87T2 )
Release Date: 2003
Encoding: Region 2

The Vienna Comeback Recital 1988  NEW
Live from the Vienna State Opera
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 401
Release Date: 29 May 2006
Encoding: All regions

Christmas with José Carreras 1990  NEW
Live from the Jesuit Church of Lucerne
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 407
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

José Carreras - A Bolshoi Opera Night 1989  NEW
Live from the Bolshoi Theatre (Carreras is the host but does not sing)
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 409
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

José Carreras - Misa Criolla 1990 NEW
Live from the Mission Dolores, San Francisco
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 405
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

José Carreras - Salzburg Recital 1989 NEW
Live from the Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 411
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé 1989 NEW
Live from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 413
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

José Carreras - La Grande Notte a Verona 1988 NEW
Live from the Arena di Verona (Carreras is the host and sings 'Granada')
Label: Arthaus-Musik #101 403
Release Date:  2006
Encoding: All regions

A Tribute to Mario Lanza 1994 NEW
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London (with Portuguese subtitles)
Label: Classicline (ASIN: B000IOFPJE)
Encoding: All regions


The Original Three Tenors Concert (Rome 1990)
Studio: Uni/London Classics
DVD Release Date: June 24, 1997
Production Company: Polygram

The Three Tenors in Concert 1994 (Los Angeles)
Studio: Wea/Atlantic
Theatrical Release Date: July 16, 1994
DVD Release Date: July 1, 1997
Production Company: Atlantic

Three Tenors in Paris (1998)
(with behind-the-scenes documentary, including interviews with Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti, plus Levine and impresario Tibor Rudas, as well as private footage of the Tenors perfecting the concert repertoire in New York City.)
Studio: Wea/Atlantic
Theatrical Release Date: July 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 8, 1998
Production Company: Warner/Electra

The Three Tenors Christmas (2000)
Studio: Sony Classics
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
Run Time: 81 minutes
Production Company: Sony Classics


Leonard Bernstein - The Making of "West Side Story"
Studio: Universal Music & VI
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002