Carreras performs in Kaohsiung/卡瑞拉斯 高雄獻唱
Jose Carreras, one of the world's three top tenors, staged his first concert in Kaohsiung in the middle of October to meet the expectations of fans in southern Taiwan. Although the trio of world-class tenors had registered a total of 12 visits to Taiwan, this is Carreras's debut in Kaohsiung. The charisma of the vocal superstar transcends the boundaries of nations and all works of life. The evening concert at Chi Teh Hall, Cultural Center was packed with huge crowds. While some sat indoors listening up close and personal, others were fascinated by the live outdoor broadcast.
Carreras' colorful expressions, interwoven with soft and resounding voice, intoxicated the music fans, including some vocal artists of the harbor city. Carreras' rendition of high notes is second to none. Although he did not have much opportunity to demonstrate his talent in this respect with the folk song heavy repertoire, however, Taiwan Chorus Director Wu Hung-chang said from a professional point of view, "the artistry of the concert, his interpretations and expressions are truly impeccable."
The open-air performance was hosted by Director of Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra Chen Shu-hsi, and TV personality Debbie Yao. The audience outdoors was much surprised and pleased when Carreras stepped outside after four encores to listen to the crowd sing the refrain of Nessun dorma, which had just been hastily coached by Chen.
When Yao requested a song on behalf of the audience, Carreras said he was glad to see such large audience in this concert. He was particularly impressed by the presence of so many young people, which indicates that classical music indeed has life. Then he pretended to ponder on which song to pick. When he hummed the melody of "Far Far Place" from his mouth, the audience simply went wild and sang along. Some young fans even shouted "I love you" over and over again, showing no less fervor observed in pop concerts.