Milestones and Awards

1993 *José Cura sings his first starring role: Jan in the opera Signorina Julie by Antonio Bibalo at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Italy. *José Cura sings Gregor in Janacek´s Vec Makropulos at Turin's Teatro Regio.

1993
*José Cura sings his first starring role: Jan in the opera Signorina Julie by Antonio Bibalo at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Italy.

*José Cura sings Gregor in Janacek´s Vec Makropulos at Turin's Teatro Regio.

 
1994 *José Cura wins the International Singer Competition Operalia  *José Cura is Roberto in Puccini's Le Villi recorded LIVE at the Valle d'Itria Festival in Martina Franca, Italy. This is the first commercial recording of José Cura.

1994

*José Cura wins the International Singer Competition Operalia


*José Cura is Roberto in Puccini's Le Villi recorded LIVE at the Valle d'Itria Festival in Martina Franca, Italy. This is the first commercial recording of José Cura.

 
1995 *José Cura debuts in two of the most important European opera houses: the Royal Opera House, London, in the title role of Stiffelio and the Opéra Nationale de Paris, La Bastille, in Nabucco.

1995
*José Cura debuts in two of the most important European opera houses: the Royal Opera House, London, in the title role of Stiffelio and the Opéra Nationale de Paris, La Bastille, in Nabucco.

1996 *José Cura debuts in one of his most relevant signature roles, Samson in Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London.  *José Cura debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper singing Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca and sings his first Turiddu in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana at the "Ravenna Festival" in Italy, a performance that was broadcast live on radio and TV. Cura's interpretation wins him the prestigious Abbiati Prize.

1996
*José Cura debuts in one of his most relevant signature roles, Samson in Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London.


*José Cura debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper singing Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca and sings his first Turiddu in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana at the "Ravenna Festival" in Italy, a performance that was broadcast live on radio and TV. Cura's interpretation wins him the prestigious Abbiati Prize.

 
1997 *José Cura wins the Abbiati Award for the category of 'Best male singer' for his performances of: Osaka in Pietro Mascagni's Iris in Rome; Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana in Ravenna; Corrado in Verdi's Il corsaro in Turin  *José Cura sings the role of Enzo Grimaldo in La gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli for his Teatro alla Scala debut.  *José Cura debuts in what would become one of his signature roles, Otello. The performance, staged at the Teatro Regio of Turin, was broadcast live worldwide on radio and TV.

1997
*José Cura wins the Abbiati Award for the category of 'Best male singer' for his performances of: Osaka in Pietro Mascagni's Iris in Rome; Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana in Ravenna; Corrado in Verdi's Il corsaro in Turin


*José Cura sings the role of Enzo Grimaldo in La gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli for his Teatro alla Scala debut.

*José Cura debuts in what would become one of his signature roles, Otello. The performance, staged at the Teatro Regio of Turin, was broadcast live worldwide on radio and TV.

 
1998 *José Cura wins the Orphée d'Or. The prize is awarded by the Académie du Disque Lyrique of France for his recording of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in the role of Samson. *José Cura debuts the role of Radames in Verdi's Aida at the New Imperial Theatre of Tokyo in the inaugural season of the theatre; Aida marks the first time an opera production was fully built in Japan. *José Cura sings his first Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.   *José Cura debuts at the Washington Opera House, singing Samson in Samson et Dalila.

1998
*José Cura wins the Orphée d'Or. The prize is awarded by the Académie du Disque Lyrique of France for his recording of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in the role of Samson.


*José Cura debuts the role of Radames in Verdi's Aida at the New Imperial Theatre of Tokyo in the inaugural season of the theatre; Aida marks the first time an opera production was fully built in Japan.


*José Cura sings his first Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. 


*José Cura debuts at the Washington Opera House, singing Samson in Samson et Dalila.

"I like pushing things as far as they can go in one direction, then step back to find a balance.  How do you know what your limits are otherwise?"
1999 *José Cura sings Cavalleria Rusticana for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera house of New York. He is the second tenor in MET's history to make his house debut on the season's Opening Night (the first was Enrico Caruso in 1902).  *The Argentinian University C.A.E.C.E. confers on José Cura the title of Professor Honoris Causa. *José Cura is made a Citizen of Honour of the city of Rosario, Argentina. *The Deutsche Phono-Akademie of Germany awards José Cura with the Echo Klassik Award: Singer of the year, for his interpretation of Samson in the recording of Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila.

1999
*José Cura sings Cavalleria Rusticana for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera house of New York. He is the second tenor in MET's history to make his house debut on the season's Opening Night (the first was Enrico Caruso in 1902).


*The Argentinian University C.A.E.C.E. confers on José Cura the title of Professor Honoris Causa.


*José Cura is made a Citizen of Honour of the city of Rosario, Argentina.


*The Deutsche Phono-Akademie of Germany awards José Cura with the Echo Klassik Award: Singer of the year, for his interpretation of Samson in the recording of Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila.

 
2000 *José Cura interprets Alfredo in La Traviata à Paris,  filmed on location in the French capital and broadcast live to an audience of millions around the world.  *José Cura creates Cuibar Productions, his own production and managing company. *José Cura is knighted "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Cedre" by the Lebanese Government.

2000
*José Cura interprets Alfredo in La Traviata à Paris,  filmed on location in the French capital and broadcast live to an audience of millions around the world.


*José Cura creates Cuibar Productions, his own production and managing company.


*José Cura is knighted "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Cedre" by the Lebanese Government.

 
2001 *José Cura records the DVD A passion for Verdi with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, London.  *José Cura appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish orchestra "Sinfonia Varsovia", a position he held until 2004.  *José Cura is awarded Best Artist of the Year by the Grup de Liceistes de Barcelona, for his single performance of Samson et Dalila in January of that year at the theatre Liceu, Barcelona, Spain.

2001
*José Cura records the DVD A passion for Verdi with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, London.


*José Cura appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish orchestra "Sinfonia Varsovia", a position he held until 2004.


*José Cura is awarded Best Artist of the Year by the Grup de Liceistes de Barcelona, for his single performance of Samson et Dalila in January of that year at the theatre Liceu, Barcelona, Spain.

2002 *José Cura creates his own record label Cuibar Phono Video (CPV). The same year, CPV released Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony  with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. Cura's first symphonic studio recording is considered by many to be among the best recordings ever of this work.  *José Cura wins the prize "Ewa Czeszejko", Sochacka Foundation Award, Poland.

2002
*José Cura creates his own record label Cuibar Phono Video (CPV). The same year, CPV released Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony  with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. Cura's first symphonic studio recording is considered by many to be among the best recordings ever of this work.


*José Cura wins the prize "Ewa Czeszejko", Sochacka Foundation Award, Poland.

 
2003 *In Hamburg, José Cura conducts Cavalleria rusticana and after the intermission sings Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. The effort marks the first time in history that an artist conducted one opera and performed in a second one in the same evening.  *José Cura sings in the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in Sydney.  *José Cura wins the Artist of the Year "Catullus Prize" in Italy.

2003
*In Hamburg, José Cura conducts Cavalleria rusticana and after the intermission sings Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. The effort marks the first time in history that an artist conducted one opera and performed in a second one in the same evening.


*José Cura sings in the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in Sydney.


*José Cura wins the Artist of the Year "Catullus Prize" in Italy.

 
2004 *José Cura sings at the FIFA Centennial World Player Gala in Zurich Opera House. *José Cura is an Olympic Torchbearer during the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, Greece.   *José Cura Cura is made a Citizen of Honour of the city of Veszprém, Hungary.

2004
*José Cura sings at the FIFA Centennial World Player Gala in Zurich Opera House.


*José Cura is an Olympic Torchbearer during the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, Greece.


*José Cura Cura is made a Citizen of Honour of the city of Veszprém, Hungary.

"If the artist on stage forgets the audience and is so absorbed in his character that they have the impression they are observing the action through a window, then for me that is an ideal performance."
2005 *José Cura debuts in the Deutsch Oper of Berlin singing Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.  *He sings at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games in Duisburg, Germany. *Cura debuts the opera La fanciulla del West at the Royal opera House Covent Garden, London. *José Cura wins the prize "Città di Piacenza" and becomes Citizen of Honour of the Italian city.  *In the same year, the Festival Umberto Giordano, grants him the prize "Città di Baveno".

2005
*José Cura debuts in the Deutsch Oper of Berlin singing Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

*He sings at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games in Duisburg, Germany.


*Cura debuts the opera La fanciulla del West at the Royal opera House Covent Garden, London.


*José Cura wins the prize "Città di Piacenza" and becomes Citizen of Honour of the Italian city.

*In the same year, the Festival Umberto Giordano, grants him the prize "Città di Baveno".

 
2006 *José Cura debuts on the podium of the Wiener Staatsoper, conducting Madama Butterfly by Puccini  *José Cura receives the "Giovanni Zanatello" prize as the best artist of the 2005 season at Arena di Verona *José Cura is given both the "Enric Granados" prize and the "Insignia d'or dels Amics de l'Ópera de Lerida" in Spain. 

2006
*José Cura debuts on the podium of the Wiener Staatsoper, conducting Madama Butterfly by Puccini

*José Cura receives the "Giovanni Zanatello" prize as the best artist of the 2005 season at Arena di Verona


*José Cura is given both the "Enric Granados" prize and the "Insignia d'or dels Amics de l'Ópera de Lerida" in Spain. 

 
2007 *World premiere of La commedia è finita a multi-discipline show imagined, designed, and directed by José Cura.  *World premiere of José Cura's Sonetos based on Pablo Neruda's lyrics at the Mozarteum Theatre, Rosario, Argentina.  *José Cura appointed Socio Fundador Honorario by the Portuguese Association against Leukemia.  *Award for his professional and cultural work all over the world awarded by the Lebanese Society of Rosario.

2007
*World premiere of La commedia è finita a multi-discipline show imagined, designed, and directed by José Cura.


*World premiere of José Cura's Sonetos based on Pablo Neruda's lyrics at the Mozarteum Theatre, Rosario, Argentina.


*José Cura appointed Socio Fundador Honorario by the Portuguese Association against Leukemia.


*Award for his professional and cultural work all over the world awarded by the Lebanese Society of Rosario.

“Those who speak the most do the least in their lives.”
2008 *José Cura premiered his version of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Köln opera house as both director and set designer.  *José Cura staged his first photographic exhibition at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. The photographs are available in Espontáneas, a book published by Cuibar / Scheidegger & Spiess.  *José Cura is given the 'Fundación Teatro Colón' award as the best Argentinian opera singer of 2007. 

2008
*José Cura premiered his version of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Köln opera house as both director and set designer.


*José Cura staged his first photographic exhibition at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. The photographs are available in Espontáneas, a book published by Cuibar / Scheidegger & Spiess.


*José Cura is given the 'Fundación Teatro Colón' award as the best Argentinian opera singer of 2007

 
2009 *José Cura has been selected by the 'Fundación Konex' as one of the best 100 Argentinian artists of the last 10 years in the category of Male singers (1999 - 2008).  *José Cura is awarded with the Career Medal by the 'Fondazione Ugo Becattini' for the following reasons: "Intense and carismatic performer, he add a natural-born scenic presence to his excellent vocal skills. He combined vocal and symphonic interpretations, starting a new difficult concertistic form. Composer and conductor of internationally distinguished, he is one of the most complete contemporary artists".

2009
*José Cura has been selected by the 'Fundación Konex' as one of the best 100 Argentinian artists of the last 10 years in the category of Male singers (1999 - 2008).


*José Cura is awarded with the Career Medal by the 'Fondazione Ugo Becattini' for the following reasons: "Intense and carismatic performer, he add a natural-born scenic presence to his excellent vocal skills. He combined vocal and symphonic interpretations, starting a new difficult concertistic form. Composer and conductor of internationally distinguished, he is one of the most complete contemporary artists".

 
2010 *José Cura is awarded with the prestigious "Österreicher Kammersänger" by the Wiener Staatsoper on the 2nd December 2010. The prize, literally meaning "Chamber singer", is an honorific title for distinguished singers which is given in Germany or Austria on the recommendation of relevant national institutions.

2010
*José Cura is awarded with the prestigious "Österreicher Kammersänger" by the Wiener Staatsoper on the 2nd December 2010. The prize, literally meaning "Chamber singer", is an honorific title for distinguished singers which is given in Germany or Austria on the recommendation of relevant national institutions.

2011 *José Cura returns to the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy, after 12 years singing Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

2011
*José Cura returns to the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy, after 12 years singing Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

 
2012 *José Cura tackles a new bar-raising challenge: directing and conducting as well as designing the set and costumes of Puccini's La Rondine at the Opéra de Nancy, France.  *José Cura directs and designs the set - as well as singing the roles of Turiddu and Canio in his version of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci set in the Italian neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a tribute to the Italian immigration of the 1900s, at the Opéra Royale de Wallonie, Belgium. The narrative throughline of the show was based on his novel Mamma Nunzia.

2012
*José Cura tackles a new bar-raising challenge: directing and conducting as well as designing the set and costumes of Puccini's La Rondine at the Opéra de Nancy, France.

*José Cura directs and designs the set - as well as singing the roles of Turiddu and Canio in his version of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci set in the Italian neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a tribute to the Italian immigration of the 1900s, at the Opéra Royale de Wallonie, Belgium.
The narrative throughline of the show was based on his novel Mamma Nunzia.