Spanish tenor Jose Carreras has made a triumphant return to opera in “El Juez” by Austrian composer Christian Kolonovits.
The 67-year-old Carreras, known as one of “The Three Tenors,” thrilled opera fans from Bilbao and 15 countries Saturday night at the Teatro Arriaga.
The Spanish tenor showed the power of his voice, hitting notes across the musical range in a masterful performance.
More than 1,200 people packed into the Teatro Arriaga for the world premiere of the work, which deals with the theft of children during Spain’s Franco regime.
Carreras, who had not performed in a full opera in more than eight years, carried the Kolonovits work, with a libretto by Austrian playwright Angelika Messner, for two and one-half hours.
The Barcelona-born tenor played the judge consumed by his role in covering up the scandalous theft of children.
Carreras was joined in the cast by Italian bass Carlo Colombara and Spanish singers Jose Luis Sola, Sabina Puertolas and Ana Ibarra.
“El juez (Los niños perdidos),” co-produced by Teatro Arriaga and Kupfer Kultur & Media, will be staged again on Tuesday and Friday.
The opera will be performed in Austria at the international festival in Tyrol in August.