There are great artists, and then there are artists that stand beyond that. In the world of opera, José Carreras has stood at the very highest point of the firmament, being recognised as a true great for three decades now
The Three Tenors concerts of the early 1990s brought Carrerras to the attention of worldwide audiences yet to discover opera, and since then his concert schedule has ensured that those who appreciate one of the great voices of recent times get to experience it first hand.
Indeed, such is Carreras' ability to draw an audience that he still plays arenas and stadia across the globe, and despite the remarkable vocal power he is able to deliver, an exemplary sound system is required to reinforce the voice and full orchestra to crowds of 20,000 and more. Senor Carreras places great trust in RG Jones' Senior Project Manager Simon Honywill to make sure he is represented perfectly to every seat in the house, and recent concerts in Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand have all been fantastically well received.
Simon chooses to take RG's microphones whenever possible, relying heavily on the extensive stock of DPA 4061s for a guaranteed great string sound, and DPA 4023s for the voice itself. In Simon's book, there are no alternatives.
José Carreras' recent Christmas Gala show at the Royal Albert Hall demanded a full system from RG Jones to cope not only with José and the City of London Sinfonia, but guest singers that included Rolando Villazon and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. To add a bit of a challenge, the entire first half featured a performance by Sara Baras' flamenco dancers and band. A false floor was laid on the stage and miked up from underneath to ensure the full power of flamenco passion was transmitted to the packed audience. You would be amazed at how long it takes to sound check a floor, and just how different one sheet of ply sounds from another!