Reviews

“It was left to clear-voiced, warm-toned baritone José Carbó as Giorgio Germont to deliver the evening’s most satisfying performance.”     

The Australian

“José Carbó dominated the male performances as a rich baritone Rodrigo”. 

The Australian

“Baritone José Carbó​ moves from suave confidence as the betrayed husband Alfio in Cavalleria, to the twisted moral perversions of the cripple Tonio in Pagliacci, making the transition with a peerless Prologue, sung with polished and glowingly powerful cantabile.”    

Sydney Morning Herald

“José Carbó’s Giorgio Germont has grown in stature since he first took on the role.   The voice is steady and full at the top, flinty and authoritative lower down. His beautifully phrased Di Provenza il mar is easy and smooth as butter matched by his eloquent Pura siccome un angelo. The twists and turns of the long Act II scene with Violetta (Ermonela Jaho) find two consummate singing-actors sparring hypnotically, their voices blending sensitively as they come to their poignant mutual understanding.”   

Limelight Magazine

“Giorgio Germont, Helpmann Award-winning baritone Jose Carbo, is a particular standout. That the garden scene (duet between Violetta and Germont) outshone all the scenes between Violetta and her lover Alfredo, is indicative of Carbo’s talent and stage charisma (his curtain-call applause is the proof of the pudding).”    

Time Out, Sydney

“José Carbó reprises the role of Giorgio Germont, cementing his reputation as Australia’s leading Verdi lyric baritone. Singing with firm tone and sporting some fine top notes he delivers one of the finest renditions of the deceptively demanding Di Provenza il mar that I can recall. Dramatically too he captures the character’s essential gravitas while negotiating his complex psychological journey from self-centred bourgeois to remorseful father and friend.”   

Limelight Magazine

“The shining star in the vocal department is José Carbó, whose smooth, rich, dark chocolate, effortless baritone couldn’t have acquitted better. “    

Crikey, La Traviata

“But my favourite performer of the evening was José Carbó. In Cavalleria Rusticana he is the confident baritone, his fierce anger somewhat controlled and channelled into his deep voice and sharp eyes. In Pagliacci he opens our Prologue – charismatically explaining the truth in the events about to unfold, demonstrating costumes, drawing fake blood, and entreating on us “rather than dwelling on costume, (to) consider our souls”. He then becomes the limping Tonio who is repulsive yet keeps that warm baritone. My eyes were drawn to Carbó whenever he was on stage.”    

The AU Review

“Carbó is on fine form, singing a really sensitive Prologo with some terrific top notes.”    

Limelight Magazine, Cavelleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Schedule

Germont with Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and the Opera Australia Chorus, La Traviata 2017.  Image by Keith Saunders.

Future Engagements

More dates to be announced.

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Bayview NSW, Friday 9th November 2018, 8.00pm

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Guitar Brisbane, Saturday 3rd November 2018, 7.30pm

José Carbó and John Martin in recital, Nowra School of the Arts NSW, Sunday 21st October 2018, 2pm

Opera in the Vineyards, Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley NSW, Saturday 6th October 2018, 4pm

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Hunters Hill, NSW, Sunday 5th August 2018, 2.30pm

Mad for Love Tour, Sumi Jo & José Carbó, Brisbane QPAC, Saturday 21st July 2018, 7.30pm, In recital with Guy Noble, piano.

Mad for Love Tour, Sumi Jo & José Carbó, Sydney, City Recital Hall, Thursday 19th July 2018, 7.30pm, In recital with Guy Noble, piano.

Mad for Love Tour, Sumi Jo & José Carbó, Melbourne Recital Centre, Tuesday 17th July 2018, 7.30pm, In recital with Guy Noble, piano.

Mad for Love Tour, Sumi Jo & José Carbó, Adelaide Festival Centre, Sunday 15th July 2018, 5.00pm, In concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Opera Australia, Germont, La Traviata, Melbourne Arts Centre, 17th April 2018 – 11th May 2018

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Manly NSW, Friday 23rd March 2018, 7.30pm

An Evening with Australia’s Premier Baritone José Carbó, Robina QLD, Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7pm

The Jose Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), The Independent Theatre, Sydney NSW, Sunday 11th March 2018, 3.30pm

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Inverell Town Hall, Inverell NSW, Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30pm

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), Batemans Bay, NSW, Sunday 25th February 2018, 3.00pm

José Carbó as Renato, Un Ballo in Maschera, Opera Australia 2013
Image by Jeff Busby

Recent Opera Engagements

Opera Australia, Alfio/Tonio, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, May 10 – May 20, 2017

Opera Australia, Germont, La Traviata, Sydney Opera House, February 3 to April 1, 2017

Opera Australia, Alfio/Tonio, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, Sydney Opera House, January 12 – February 4, 2017

Opera Australia, New Years Eve At Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House, December 31, 2016

Victorian Opera, Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor, Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne, 12 – 21 April 2016

Opera Australia, Zurga, The Pearlfishers, Arts Centre Melbourne State Theatre, 7 – 28 May 2016 

Opera Australia, 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, Sydney Opera House, 5:30pm Sunday 26 June 2016 

West Australian Opera, Belcore, The Elixir of Love, His Majesty’s Theatre Perth, 14 – 23 July 2016

José Carbó at the New Years Eve Gala Concert, Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia 2016

Recent Concert Engagements

José Carbó and John Martin in recital, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca Beach NSW, Friday 19th January 2018, 7.30pm

Opera Australia, The Opera Gala on New Years Eve, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 31st December 2017, 7.45pm

José Carbó and John Martin in recital, Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, Lane Cove, Sydney NSW, 28th November 2017, 7.30pm

Opera in the Valley 20th Anniversary, Jamberoo School of Arts, Jamberoo NSW, Saturday 4th November 2017, 8.00pm

Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Thursday 19th October 2017, 8.00pm and Saturday 21st October 2017, 2.00pm

Beyond Talent Institute of Music Annual Concert 2017, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sunday 15th October 2017, 3.00pm

Optoberfest: Opera in October, Bowral Memorial Hall, NSW, Saturday 14th October 2017, Matinee 12.30pm and Gala 5.30pm

My Latin Heart, Barossa, Baroque and Beyond Festival, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, Sunday 1st October 2017, 6.00pm

My Latin Heart with Slava and Leonard GrigoryanSchool of Arts Jamberoo NSW, Saturday 17th June 2017, 8pm

My Latin Heart with Slava and Leonard GrigoryanThe Carrington, Katoomba NSW, Friday June 16, 2017, 8pm

Opera Australia, Studio Recital with Natalie Aroyan, Joan Sutherland Studio, 2:30pm,  Saturday June 3, 2017

Four Winds Latin Spirit Festival, Bermagui, NSW, April 15th & 16th 2017

Rockdale Opera, Gala Concert with Emma Matthews & Jose Carbo, 8th April 2017, 7:30 pm

Opera Australia, The Opera Gala on New Years Eve, Sydney Opera House, 31st December 2016, 7:45 pm

Opera in the Valley, Jamberoo School of Arts, Jamberoo NSW, Saturday 5th November 2016.  1

My Latin Heart with Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Burrinja Theatre, Upwey VIC, November 2016

Soloist, Last Night at the Proms with West Australia Symphony Orchestra, Perth Concert Hall, 15th July 2016, 7.30pm

Soloist, Last Night of the Proms with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Festival Theatre Adelaide, 1st & 2nd July 2016 1

Opera Australia 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sunday 26th June 2016, 5:30pm  – 1 / 2 

My Latin Heart with Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW, March 2016

PwC Opera in the Vines, Pegasus Bay Winery, Christchurch, New Zealand with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 27th February 2016 1

Biography

José Carbó as Rodrigo in Don Carlo 2015 with Ferruccio Furlanetto as Filippo II
Image by Jamie Williams

Argentine-Australian baritone José Carbó is one of the most exciting operatic artists of his generation.  Consistently praised for his smooth, rich, powerful voice, easy 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 was nominated for a second Helpmann Award and 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’s Symphony No. 9, Mass in C and Choral Symphony, Carl Orff’s 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 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra released by ABC Classics.

February 2018

My Latin Heart

Internationally-acclaimed baritone José Carbó is joined by Australia’s favourite guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, for the release of this highly passionate album of Latin-American repertoire.

“It is wonderful to hear this music sung by a trained operatic voice.”

ClassikON – City Recital Hall, Sydney, Nov 2015

“The Grigoryan brothers, musically joined at the hip, played the excellent arrangements with their characteristic virtuosity and stylistic flair. If you closed your eyes you’d be forgiven for believing there was only a single player and one guitar.”

ClassikON – City Recital Hall, Sydney, Nov 2015

“The audience cheered and shouted their acclamation after every song and gave all on stage a standing ovation even before the interval.”

ClassikON – City Recital Hall, Sydney, Nov 2015

“Elegant and eloquent… A  memorable occasion.”

Aussie Theatre

“Jose Carbo is blessed with a naturally beautiful, wide-ranging baritone voice… Only one regret: 70 minutes was not nearly enough.”

Adelaide Now – Adelaide Cabaret Festival,  June 2013

“For My Latin Heart, the darlings of the Australian guitar, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, joined the celebrated Argentinean-born Australian baritone Jose Carbo. The result is likely to be one of the standout musical moments of 2014.”

The Canberra Times

“With a voice that is able to move seamlessly between vulnerability and steel, Carbo achieves maximum emotional impact with minimal visible effort.”

The Canberra Times 

El Dia Que Me Quieras – was quite simply one of the most beautiful things this reviewer has had the pleasure of hearing in some time.”

The Canberra Times


My Latin Heart      Vimeo


 

Please contact Leopold Entertainment Pty Ltd to find out how your next corporate event or private function could feature a rare and exclusive appearance of José Carbó & The Grigoryan Brothers performing music from their “My Latin Heart” album.

Recordings from the CD album and the album complete are available on iTunes. The CD Album is available from ABC Shops, iTunes or contact Leopold Entertainment Pty Ltd.

 

The José Carbó Trio

Image by Will Perez Ronderos

The José Carbó Trio present L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour)

In a unique and exciting collaboration, Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó joins forces with spectacular emerging classical guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi to form The José Carbó Trio.

Their debut recital L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), named after Reynaldo Hahn’s masterpiece, features music by Schubert, Faure, Debussy, Verdi and more, reimagined by the trio for the colourful and original musical setting of voice and two guitars.

The trio first appeared together at Canberra’s 2015 Voices in the Forest, after which Carbó invited the guitarists to collaborate on classical works long close to his heart that, for the most part, had never been heard with a guitar accompaniment.

For 2018 tour dates click here.

To make a tax-deductible donation towards the Trio’s debut recording click here.