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#30 YEARS AGO: JOSEP CARRERAS BACK TO BARCELONA AFTER HIS HEROIC BATTLE AGAINST LEUKAEMIA

Thirty years ago today, on 27 February 1988, Josep Carreras came back to Barcelona as a human hero, after a long fight against leukaemia which forced him in Seattle for a severe, experimental treatment.  At a time in which leukaemia was a much more obscure and frightening disease, he had spent four months at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre to undergo a bone marrow autologous transplant. In spite of having a 10% chance of survival, it was the first, concrete step towards life, together with exhausting dosis of chemo and radiotherapy and drugs.

His flight landed at the Barcelona Airport, El Prat, at 2:15 pm. The news of his arrival was shared on the day before, most probably by Montserrat Caballé.  His fans and compatriots had no guarantees that they would have seen him again, and such joyful news pushed many of them, not only opera lovers and admirers of his voice, to go at the airport to specially welcome him back with the warmest affection. Images show a large crowd with …

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