Singers Erwin Schrott (L) and Anna Netrebko arrive at the state opera house to attend the Wiener Opernball (Vienna opera ball) in Vienna, March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
On Jan 20th Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, Spanish tenor Jose Carreras and Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott will offer a concert at Victoria Hall in Switzerland.
The concert held by the three opera singers will be in benefit of the Jose Carreras Leukemia Foundation and the Anna and Erwin Foundation for Kids. The concert will feature selections from a wide range of repertoire including works in French and Italian. David Gimenez will conduct the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
After retiring from the opera stage due to Leukemia in 1990s, Carreras has toured the world singing in benefit concerts for cancer. The real life couple of Netrebko and Schrott recently performed together in Hamburg and return to New York at the end of January for four performances in Gaetano Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" at the Metropolitan Opera. The soprano then goes to Chicago for her debut at the Lyric Opera House while Schrott returns to Vienna for performances of Wofgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni."
Jose Carreras foundation was formed in order to help with scientific investigation of Leukemia and in order to help find bone marrow donors for those who cannot find compatible ones. Netrebko and Schrott's foundation was established to benefit children and teenagers in early education, art and culture, as well as offering child and youth services and supporting physically and mentally disabled children.