Born in Feilding, New Zealand, Conal Coad trained in the NSW Conservatorium of music Opera School before joining Opera Australia. He made his European debut with the Opera de Wallonie and has sung with all the major companies of Belgium; in Brussels, Liege, Antwerp, Charleroi, Ghent and Bruges, in the principal bass roles. In France he has sung in Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Strasbourg, St Etienne, Le Mans.
Elsewhere in Europe he has performed regularly in Hamburg, Geneva, Lisbon, Venice, Bologna, Naples and Madrid.
He has performed in the UK in Covent Garden, Holland Park Festival Opera, Garsington Festival and Opera North.
Conal performs regularly in New Zealand with the national company.
Conal returns each year for Opera Australia, and has performed many operas including Fidelio, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for which he won a Green Room Award), Lulu, Manon (also for which he won a Green Room Award), La Cenerentola, Billy Budd, The Rakes Progress, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Elisir d’Amore, Arabella, Capriccio, Don Giovanni (for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award). Conal also performs for West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and State Opera South Australia.
In the USA he has performed in Washington and New York. Conal has also performed in Israel in both opera and concert.
Conal regularly adjudicates major singing competitions and teaches in many opera schools including The New Zealand Singing School.
Concert engagements include work with all major Australian orchestras, Israel Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, La Monnaie Brussels, SSO, NZSO, ACO, as well as festivals in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, UK, Australia and NZ. Conal supports many charities and has been a guest artist in London (Kensington Palace), Australia, Belgium (Brussels and Mechelen), Tokyo and New Zealand.
In 2006, Conal made his directing debut for Opera New Zealand in Don Pasquale in which he also sang the title role. This production toured to all the major centres throughout the country.
Conal has performed in Don Pasquale (title role) and Albert Herring (Superintend Budd), for Opera Australia in Sydney, as well as The Turk in Italy and The Elixir of Love.
Recordings/DVDs include: Mozart Bass Arias, NZ at Covent Garden, Mozart Opera Arias, My Beloved Father, Ruaumoko, Orakau (Morrison Trust), and Don Giovanni (Leporello) Opera Australia.