José Carbó

José Carbó

Baritone

“Australia’s leading Verdi lyric baritone” (Limelight Magazine)
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«best was baritone Jose Carbo, whose refined performance of betrayed Ankarstrom was an object lesson in Verdi singing.»
«Jose Carbo​ moves from suave confidence as Alfio, to the cripple Tonio, making the transition with a peerless Prologue, sung with polished and glowingly powerful cantabile.»
sydney morning herald (2018)
«“José Carbó dominated the male performances as a rich baritone Rodrigo.”»
the australian (2018)
2017Leoncavallo: PagliacciTonio
2017Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaAlfio
2016Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perlesZurga
2016Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLord Enrico Ashton
2016Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2015Verdi: Don CarloRodrigue
2014Catán: Florencia en el AmazonasRiolobo
2014Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2014Verdi: RigolettoRigoletto
2013Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2013Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraRenato (count Anckarström)
2012Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2012Korngold: Die Tote StadtFritz
2012Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaFigaro
2012Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Count Tomsky
2011Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2011Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestSonora
2010Massenet: ManonLescaut
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2009Leoncavallo: PagliacciSilvio
2009Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDon Alfonso
2009Rossini: Il viaggio a ReimsBarone Di Trombonok
2007Rossini: La CenerentolaDandini
2006Puccini: La RondineRambaldo Fernandez
2005Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroFigaro
2002Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDer Perückenmacher
2001Giordano: Andrea ChénierGérard

Bio

Argentine-Australian baritone José Carbó is one of the most exciting operatic artists of his generation.  Consistently praised for his smooth, rich, powerful voice, thrilling top notes and magnetic stage presence, José has performed in the leading houses of the world including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera and Opera Australia.

José’s triumphant Verdi debut in 2013 as Renato in Un ballo in maschera at Opera Australia described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “an object lesson in Verdi singing” led to further important Verdi role debuts including the title role in Rigoletto, Rodrigo in Don Carlo and his now signature role of Germont La traviata, earning him the reputation of “Australia’s leading Verdi lyric baritone” (Limelight Magazine).

In 2018, José returns to Opera Australia as Germont La traviata, opposite Corinne Winters and tours Australia with superstar Sumi Jo.  In 2017, he sang Germont La traviata opposite Ermonela Jaho and Alfio/Tonio Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci for Opera Australia, for which he received his third Helpmann Award nomination, a Green Room Award nomination and was praised for his “peerless Prologue, sung with polished and glowingly powerful cantabile.” (Sydney Morning Herald)

Other recent appearances include Riolobo Florencia en el Amazonas for Los Angeles Opera, Germont La traviata and Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, both opposite Jessica Pratt, for Victorian Opera and Zurga Pearlfishers for Opera Australia. In 2015, José joined the roster of principal artists at the Metropolitan Opera.  Other artists José has appeared alongside include Ferruccio Furlanetto, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Latonia Moore, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Dmitry Korchak and Pavol Breslik.

Before moving into more dramatic repertoire, José performed his then signature role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Seattle Opera in his 2011 US debut, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia.  He made his European debut in 2005 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and his La Scala debut in 2009 in Il viaggio a Reims.  In 2012 he won a Helpmann Award for his portrayal of Fritz Die tote Stadt with Opera Australia.  Other roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Belcore L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello La bohème, Silvio Pagliacci, Escamillo Carmen, Dandini La cenerentola, Lescaut Manon, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Sonora La fanciulla del West and Tomsky in Pique Dame.

On the concert platform with the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand, José has performed Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mass in C and Choral Symphony, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff The Bells, Fauré Requiem and Brahms Eines Deutsches Requiem, Ralph Vaughan-Williams Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn Paulus and Elgar Dream of Gerontius.

José’s debut album, My Latin Heart, released by ABC Classics, was nominated for the ARIA Classical Record of the year and debuted at No. 1 on the Limelight Magazine Classical Music charts.  He also appears on DVD/Blu-Ray and CD as Marcello in La Bohème for Opera Australia and on CD in Classical Spectacular and 50 Best Opera with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra released by ABC Classics.

July 2018



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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: La Traviata Giorgio Germont Immediately Opera Australia 2018
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Sharpless Immediately Opera Australia 2018
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci Tonio No Opera Australia 2017
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Alfio No Opera Australia 2017
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles Zurga No Opera Australia 2016

Awards

helpmann award for best male lead in a supporting role in an opera - fritz, die tote stadt, opera australia
2018
HELPMANN NOMINATION, BEST MALE PERFORMER - ALFIO/TONIO, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI, OPERA AUSTRALIA
2018
GREEN ROOM AWARDS NOMINATION, BEST MALE LEAD IN AN OPERA - ALFIO/TONIO, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI, OPERA AUSTRALIA
2018
BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM NOMINATION, ARIA AWARDS - my latin heart
2018