Australian baritone José Carbó was born in Argentina of Spanish and Italian descent, and moved with his family to Australia at an early age. He studied under the tutelage of Thais Taras, Arax Mansourian and Margaret Baker Genovesi in Rome. He was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award in 2005. In 2017, he sang Germont (La Traviata), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Tonio (Pagliacci) for Opera Australia. José returns to OA in 2018 as Germont and tours nationally with soprano Sumi Jo.
His European debut was in Italy in 2005 at the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma where he sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. That same year, he sang the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Teatro Real in Madrid and was re-engaged to sing Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in 2006. These performances led to an engagement as Dandini in La Cenerentola for the 2007 Mozart Festival in La Coruña, Spain’s northern region of Galicia. He made his La Scala debut in 2009 in Il viaggio a Reims and his American debut in 2011 as Rossini’s Figaro in Seattle. Late in 2013, José returned to the Teatro Real in Madrid as Belcore.
José’s concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mass in C and Choral Symphony, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’ Eines Deutsches Requiem – performed with the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand. In October 2006, José undertook a tour as the baritone soloist with the Sydney Symphony to Japan where he sang three Don Quixote songs by Ravel in Tokyo and Osaka.
Engagements for Opera Australia since 2012 have included Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fritz in Die tote Stadt (Helpmann Award), Germont in La Traviata and Anckarström in a new production of Un ballo in maschera; Escamillo in Carmen for Opera Queensland; Tomsky in Pique Dame for the Sydney Symphony and appearances with the Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. José’s debut album, My Latin Heart (recorded with Slava & Leonard Grigoryan and released by ABC Classics) debuted at No 1 on the Limelight Magazine Classical Music charts.
Engagements in 2014/2015 included the title role in Rigoletto, Rodrigo (Don Carlo) and Germont for Opera Australia, Germont for Victorian Opera and Riolobo (Florencia en el Amazonas) for Los Angeles Opera; José also joined the roster of principal artists at The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
In 2016, he sang Zurga (The Pearl Fishers) for Opera Australia, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Victorian Opera, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) for West Australian Opera and appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras.