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Carlo Colombara


Filippo II / Don Carlo

   Ella giamami m’amò                        Duetto

Procida / Vespri siciliani     O tu, Palermo

    Attila                    Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima

Ramfis / Aida

Carlo Colombara, born in Bologna, began his musical studied at the age of twelve with piano lessons and when he was fifteen he started studying singing with Paride Venturi.

In 1986 he won the prize as the Best Italian Singer at International Viotti Competition and the following year the AsLiCo Competition. He then made his professional début as Silva in Ernani at the Teatro dell'Opera di Rome. With Zubin Mehta conducting, he performed in an open-air production of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in the Forbidden City, (Beijing), which was recorded and broadcasted worldwide. His repertoire includes all the titles including main basso roles in Verdi's, Belcanto and French repertoire.

In 2019 he will be Alvisa in La Gioconda and Count Walter in Luisa Miller at Liceu, and will be singing Verdi's Requiem at Palau de La Musica Catalana in Barcelona.

Among his recent engagements in the last few years: 2018 - Lucia di Lammermoor, Seoul; Don Giovanni, Craiova; Luisa Miller, Hamburg; Aida, Pula Arena; Aida, Teatro alla Scala; Carmen, Xianmen. 2017 - Don Giovanni, Beograd and Tianjin; Barbiere and Carmen, Tianjin; Nabucco, Israeli Opera; Verdi's Requiem, Frankfurt and Dortmund; Aida, Guangzhou; La bohème, Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago and Teatro alla Scala; Trovatore, Liceu; Anna Bolena, Teatro alla Scala and Avignon; Simon Boccanegra, Monaco-Montecarlo; Attila, Modena. 2016 - Boris Godunov, Varna; Faust, Zagreb; Macbeth, La Monnaie; La forza del destino, Varna; Don Carlo, Madrid; World premiere of Al Juez, Theater an der Wien; Nabucco, Las Palmas; Aida, Moscow; Macbeth, Piacenza; Norma, Naples; Rigoletto, Teatro alla Scala; 2015 - Rigoletto, Madrid; Verdi's Requiem, Prague,Munich and La Scala; Faust, Macao; Nabucco, Oviedo; Don Carlo, Varna; Aida, Arena di Verona; Maria Stuarda, Paris; Recital, Wigmore Hall; Aida, La Scala; Los niños perdidos, Mariinsky St. Petersburg.

He has performed in the most important opera houses like La Scala in Milan, Staatsoper in Vienna, Metropolitan in New York, Teatro Bol'šoj in Moscow, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Opera in Paris, Covent Garden in London, Liceu in Barcelona, Opernhaus in Zurich, Salzburg Festspiele, Teatro Real in Madrid, Arena di Verona (where he has sung from 1992 to 2015 opening the season for five times), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome (in Lucia di Lammermoor with Alfredo Kraus in 1992), Tokyo, Savonlinna Opera Festival and some prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He has worked with leading conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Colin Davis, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Carlo Maria Giulini, Eliahu Inbal, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Georges Pretre, Wolfang Sawallisch, Philippe Auguin, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Georg Solti; and with eminent stage directors like Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Franco Zeffirelli, Werner Herzog, Luca Ronconi, Graham Vick, Robert Carsen, Eliah Moshinsky, Jonathan Miller, Peter Stein and many others.

Carlo Colombara has an intense concert activity and has performed Verdi’s Requiem more than one hundred times, most recently in London under Antonio Pappano and previously in Florence, Rome, Boston, Paris, Tokyo, Naples and the one in Modena in memoriam of Luciano Pavarotti, with whom he has performed the last Requiem sung by the Tenor at Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1996.