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 (opposite Corinne Winters) and tours Australia with superstar Sumi Jo. In 2017, he sang Germont opposite Ermonela Jaho and Alfio/Tonio Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci for Opera Australia; he was nominated for a second Helpmann Award, a Green Room 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 The Pearlfishers for Opera Australia. In 2015, José joined the roster of principal artists at the Metropolitan Opera. Other artists with whom José has appeared 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 Pique Dame.
On the concert platform (with the major orchestras of Australia, New Zealand and Japan), José has performed Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff The Bells, Fauré Requiem, Brahms Eines Deutsches Requiem, Ralph Vaughan-Williams Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn Paulus and Elgar The Dream of Gerontius.