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The Three Tenors, who were Placido Domingo, left, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, right, will never re-form with a new singer replacing the late Pavarotti, according to Carreras.
updated 1/3/2008 9:54:45 AM ET 2008-01-03T14:54:45

The Three Tenors will never re-form with a new singer replacing the late Luciano Pavarotti, tenor Jose Carreras says.

The 61-year-old Spanish singer, who is visiting Australia to give concerts at the Sydney Opera House, said in Thursday's editions of The Australian newspaper that re-forming the immensely popular trio would be disrespectful to Pavarotti, who died of pancreatic cancer in September at age 71.

"For Placido (Domingo) and myself to do something would betray the memory of Luciano; I don't think that would be ethical," Carreras told the newspaper.

Carreras was diagnosed with leukemia in 1987 but overcame the disease to take part in the "Three Tenors" concerts from 1990.

Carreras told the newspaper he traveled to Pavarotti's home in Modena, Italy, and called him often as he was dying.

"It was important to show him that someone who suffered from such a severe disease was able to overcome the situation and win the battle. This is the kind of comfort I could give him," Carreras said.

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