Famous Spaniards – part 2

Spain has produced a number of classical and modern day singers. Placido Damingo is best known as being one of the Three Tenors.

Jose Carreras and Placido Damingo

Damingo and fellow Spaniard Jose Carreras, joined the Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and performed on the eve of the 1990 World Cup Final at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.  They then produced an album together and it went on to become the best-selling classical album of all time. Damingo was already an established star of the opera and so far in his career he has performed in over a hundred operas. Born in Madrid in 1941 the tenor is renowned for his versatility and has performed in Italian, Russian, English, French and German as he has performed in the major opera houses all around the world. Likewise Jose Carreras has followed a similarly successfully classical career fist appearing on the opera stage at the age of eleven. Born in Barcelona in 1946 he is particularly well known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.

As well as performing with fellow classical singers he has also shared the staged with a number of contemporary musicians. He has performed with Dianna Ross, Debby Harry and Sarah Brightman. As well-known as Spain’s classical singers are the Iglesias family that have produce two of the world’s best known modern day singers. Father Julio was born in 1943 in Madrid and in his career it is believed that he has sold more records in more languages that any other artist. He has performed in over 5000 concerts to audience of over 60 million people. In his early career he started as a professional goalkeeper playing for Real Madrid Castilla playing in the Spanish second division. A car accident finished his career early so he pursued his musical talents which has resulted in him winning numerous Grammy awards as well as selling millions of records.

Enrique Iglesias

In 1975 he, and he his then wife Isabel Preysler, produced their son Enrique, who has followed his father successfully into the music industry. He is commonly known as the “King of Latin Pop” and is one of the biggest stars in Latin America. He has successfully made the crossover into the US mainstream market and regularly releases bi-lingual best-selling albums. Already he has sold over 170 million albums around the world and no family has sold more records in than the Iglesias’s. There are few better known Royals than King Juan Carlos I who reigned as the King of Spain from 1975 until his abduction in 2014. Born in Rome in 1938 he spent his early years in Italy as result of his family’s exile, and only returned in 1947 after Spain’s status as a monarchy was affirmed. In his early life he was military trained and was favored by the country’s fascist leader Benito Mussolini who believed that the new king would continue his own good work. It came as a surprise to many that on his coming to the throne he immediately started implementing policies that dismantled the neo-fascist policies and paving the way for Spain’s transition to democracy. His work in helping producing the Spain that is found today, has made him one of the world’s most popular Royal’s. In 2014 he abdicated his throne which allowed his son Felipe VI to take the crown. Felipe VI currently is still the country’s King and was born in Madrid in 1968, and is the only son of Juan Carlos and mother Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark. Already in his very brief time on the throne he has proved to be popular. He has spent a large amount of time travelling promoting Spain’s economic, commercial and cultural interests around the globe. He is very much a modern day leader being fluent in several different languages. He epitomizes many of the characteristics that have made the Spanish famous around the world.