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Name: José Cura  
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Date of Birth: 5th December 1962
Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina
Profession: Singer
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José Cura, Tenor and Conductor

José Cura (born December 5, 1962 in Rosario, Argentina) a world-famous opera tenor singer known for his intense and original interpretations of his characters, notably Verdi’s Otello and Saint-Saëns’ Samson, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances.

José Cura was the first artist to sing and conduct simultaneously (both in concert and on recordings) and the first to combine singing with symphonic works in a ‘half and half’ concert format. Cura made operatic history when he first conducted Cavalleria Rusticana and then stepped on stage after intermission to sing Canio in Pagliacci at the Hamburg Opera in February 2003.

A compelling actor and charismatic stage performer, Cura has been featured in numerous telecasts of opera and concert productions from venues around the world.

Career Milestones

José Cura, Samson in "Samson and Dalila"
  • 1993 - Signorina Julia by Bibalo, Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Italy; first starring role
  • 1994 - Le Villi by Puccini, Festival della Valle d’Itria, Italy; first recorded performance
  • 1995 - Stiffelio by Verdi, R.O.H. Covent Garden, London, UK; house debut
  • 1995 - Nabucco by Verdi, L'Opera National de Paris (Bastille), Paris, France; house debut
  • 1996 - Samson et Dalila, R.O.H. Covent Garden, London, UK, role debut
  • 1996 - Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Ravenna, Italy; first televised performance
  • 1996 - Tosca by Puccini, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria; house debut
  • 1997 - La Gioconda by Ponchielli, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy; house debut
  • 1997 - Otello by Verdi, Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy; role debut, broadcast live
  • 1998 - Aida by Verdi, New Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, Japan; role and house debut. Inaugural season of the new theatre and first time an opera production was fully built in Japan
  • 1998 - Manon Lescaut by Puccini, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy; recorded on video
  • 1998 - Samson et Dalila, Washington Opera, USA, house debut
  • 1999 - Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA; only the second tenor in Met’s history to make his debut on the season’s Opening Night (the other one having been Caruso in 1902)
  • 2000 - La Traviata à Paris, filmed on location in Paris, France, and broadcast live to an audience of millions around the world
  • 2001 - A Passion for Verdi, L.S.O., Barbican Centre, London, UK; available in DVD
  • 2001 - Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia
  • 2002 - Created Cuibar Phono Video (CPV), the recording label of Cuibar Productions, Cura’s own company. The same year, CPV releases Rachmaninov’s 2º Symphony with Sinfonia Varsovia; Cura’s first symphonic studio recording is considered by many to be among the best recordings ever of this work
José Cura, Othello in "Othello"

Key Prizes & Awards

  • 1994 - First Prize, International Singers Competition Operalia
  • 1997 - Abbiati Award – Italian Critics Prize
  • 1998 - Orphée d’Or - Académie du Disque Lyrique, France
  • 1999 - Professor Honoris Causae Universidad C.A.E.C.E, Argentina
  • 1999 - Citizen of Honour, City of Rosario, Argentina
  • 1999 - ECHO – Deutscher Schallplattenpreis: Sänger des Jahres, Germany
  • 2001 - Best Artist of the Year, Grup de Liceistes – Barcelona
  • 2002 - The Ewa Czeszejko – Sochacka Foundation Award, Poland
  • 2003 - Artist of the Year – Catullus Prize, Italy
  • 2004 - Citiyen of Honour, Citz of Vesprem, Hungary

In 2000, Maestro José Cura was knighted “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre” by the Lebanese Government.

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