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