Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert
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Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert
Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert
Three Tenors (Domingo, Carreras, conductor Mehta, Pavarotti) - 1990.jpg
(Left to right) Domingo, Carreras, Mehta, and Pavarotti
Live album by
RecordedJuly 7, 1990,
GenreOpera, operatic pop
LabelDecca / London
ProducerChristopher Raeburn
The Three Tenors chronology
Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert The Three Tenors in Concert 1994

Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert (re-released as The Three Tenors in Concert) is a live album by José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti with conductor Zubin Mehta. The album was recorded on July 7, 1990 in Rome as the first Three Tenors concert with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma on the evening before the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final. It was produced by Gian Carlo Bertelli and Herbert Chappell.

Track listing

The concert is particularly known for the two recordings of Nessun Dorma. The first is sung by Pavarotti alone. The second, the concert encore, includes all 3 tenors singing individually and then, for the final 'Vincerò!' singing together - conductor Zubin Mehta appeared completely delighted with the effect this had.[1]

No.TitleSong InformationLength
1."È la solita storia (Lamento Di Federico)" (sung by José Carreras)Act II of L'arlesiana by Francesco Cilea4:21
2."O paradis" (sung by Plácido Domingo)Act IV of L'Africaine by Giacomo Meyerbeer3:12
3."Recondita armonia" (sung by Luciano Pavarotti)Act I of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini2:37
4."Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" (sung by Plácido Domingo)from Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehár3:36
5."Rondine al nido" (sung by Luciano Pavarotti)written by Vincenzo De Crescenzo3:35
6."Core 'ngrato (Catari)" (sung by José Carreras)written by Salvatore Cardillo3:28
7."Torna a Surriento" (sung by Luciano Pavarotti)written by Ernesto de Curtis2:52
8."Granada" (sung by José Carreras)written by Agustín Lara3:41
9."No puede ser" (sung by Plácido Domingo)from La tabernera del puerto by Pablo Sorozábal2:43
10."Improvviso" (sung by José Carreras)Act I of Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano5:11
11."E lucevan le stelle" (sung by Plácido Domingo)Act III of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini2:40
12."Nessun dorma" (sung by Luciano Pavarotti)Act III of Turandot by Giacomo Puccini3:05
13."Maria / Tonight / 'O Paese d' 'o sole / Cielito lindo" (sung by The Three Tenors)arranged by Lalo Schifrin5:31
14."Memory / Ochi tchorniye / Caminito / La Vie en rose" (sung by The Three Tenors)arranged by Lalo Schifrin6:54
15."Mattinata / Wien, Wien, nur du allein / Amapola / 'O sole mio" (sung by The Three Tenors)arranged by Lalo Schifrin8:06
16."'O sole mio" (sung by The Three Tenors)written by Eduardo di Capua2:53
17."Nessun dorma" (sung by The Three Tenors)Act III of Turandot by Giacomo Puccini3:30


  • Tracks 13-15 are part of a song medley. Tracks 16 and 17 are encores.



The recording, released on the Decca Classics label, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1991 at the 33rd Grammy Awards.[2] It is the best-selling classical album of all time[3] and led to a shift in the way the music industry marketed classical recordings.


This first Three Tenors performance and recording led to thirty-three additional concerts with Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti, as well as three more live audio and video albums. All were best-sellers.

The unexpected success of the album among general audiences led to a restructuring of the classical music industry into separate "core classical" and "strategic classical" areas. With the latter category, the industry now geared its focus toward reaching new audiences via intense performer-centric marketing strategies.[4]


Weekly charts

Year-end chart

(1994 re-release)
US Classical Albums[13] 3

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[17] Platinum 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[18] Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[19] Gold 100,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[20] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Sweden (GLF)[21] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ Decca Records Classical (2010-06-10), The Three Tenors - Nessun Dorma, retrieved
  2. ^ Associated Press. "A List of the Honored". New York Times. February 21, 1991
  3. ^ Classical music magazine - Volume 17 - Page 39 1994 "And then there's the three tenors phenomenon: The London recording from the 1990 concert became the biggest-selling classical album of all time, having now topped 10-million units throughout the world, and the new Teldec release of last "
  4. ^ Rutter, Paul (2011). The Music Industry Handbook. Routledge. p. 201. ISBN 9780203816851.
  5. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959-2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  6. ^ "LISTAS DE AFYVE: 1990 Albumes". August 29, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "in concert | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti/Mehta - In Concert (Album)". (with additional world wide chart information).
  9. ^ a b "Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti/Mehra - In Concert (Album)". (with additional world wide chart information). Archived from the original on 2016-04-03.
  10. ^ "Album Search for "jose carreras in concert"". AllMusic.
  11. ^ "Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti/Mehta - In Concert (Album))". (with additional world wide chart information). Archived from the original on 2015-03-24.
  12. ^ "Carreras/Domingo/Pvaarotti/Mehta -In Concert (Album)". (with additional world wide chart information). Archived from the original on 2015-10-10.
  13. ^ "Billboard's year-end ranking of the top jazz and classical albums, based on a survey of retail sales and broadcast play from Dec. 4, 1993 through Nov. 26, 1994". UPI. December 16, 1994. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "ARIA End Of Year Albums 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. 1991. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Austrian album certifications - Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti - Three Tenors Concert" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - In Concert". Music Canada.
  17. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993-2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti; 'In Concert')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  19. ^ "Certificaciones 1999". AMPROFON (in Spanish). Facebook. 1999. Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ "Polish album certifications - Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - The Three Tenors In Concert" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  21. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat - År 1987-1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti; 'Three Tenors In Concert')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "British album certifications - Carreras, Domingo & Pavarotti - The Three Tenors - In Concert". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Three Tenors - In Concert in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "American album certifications - Three Tenors, The - In Concert". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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