The latest edition of the Barcelona Car Fair, at one point threatened with cancellation due to the financial crisis, opened yesterday with a record number of exhibitors, 55, and one of the stars was a prototype of the new Audi Q3, which is due to be built at Martorell (article in Catalan, Avui). The car was being carefully guarded at the show and photographers warned about taking care with the images they were taking. Yesterday and today, the show is only open to industry professionals and the press; the doors open to the public on Saturday.
World-famous Catalan tenor Josep Carreras has announced his retirement from opera (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia), although insists that he will continue to perform in other music events, not least this summer's Cap Roig Festival where he will be performing on August 1st. The 62-year-old singer said that the physical demands of operatic performances had led him to this decision and to concentrate on recitals where he feels more comfortable. The news is revealed today in an interview with The Times which coincides with the Classical BRITs at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday where Carreras will receive a lifetime achievement award.
Sunday will see some 90,000 Formula One fans pour into the Montmelo race track (Circuit de Catalunya), just outside Barcelona, for the Spanish Grand Prix and first European leg of this season's competition. Today, the drivers will begin their practice laps ahead of tomorrow's qualifying event. The race takes place on Sunday at 2pm. Although the expected number of attendees falls well short of the 130,000 who were at Montmelo last year, organisers are trying to avoid a repeat of the oft-seen traffic jams and problems people have getting to the race by offering a free breakfast to the first 10,000 ticket-holders through the doors on Sunday morning.