Carlo Colombara

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Carlo Colombara.

Carlo Colombara (born 1964 in Bologna, Italy) is an Italian operatic bass. He has sung leading roles in many major opera houses including Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy); the Vienna State Opera (Vienna, Austria); the Real Teatro di San Carlo (Naples, Italy); the Arena di Verona (Verona, Italy); the Royal Opera House (London, United Kingdom), and The Metropolitan Opera (New York City, New York, United States).


Colombara began his training at age twelve with piano lessons and began singing from age fifteen, studying with Paride Venturi in Bologna. In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer in the G.B. Viotti competition and the following year he won the As. Li.Co[1] competition in Milan.

He then made his professional début as Silva in Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome, Italy). With Zubin Mehta conducting, he performed in an open-air production of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in the Forbidden City, (Beijing, China), which was recorded and broadcast worldwide.

He has sung in the most important theaters in the world:Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera of New York City, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, Arena di Verona, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and many others.

He collaborate with many important conductors: 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, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philippe Auguin, Giuseppe Sinopoli , Georg Solti.

In recent years debuted the roles of Mefistofele of Arrigo Boito, Escamillo in Carmen , Don Pasquale the four bass roles in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Don Giovanni. In 2012, he debuted the role of Scarpia in the opera of Puccini, Tosca in Prague and Parma.

In the 2013, the year Verdi, Colombara has interpreted the Messa da Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at the Southbank Centre for the Royal Festival Hall in London and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

In the 2014 debut in the new work of Kolonovits "El Juez" with José Carreras at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, participated of Simon Boccanegra in Piacenza and Modena, and celebrations of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff at the Theatre of Sofia in 3 productions (Aida, Nabucco, Don Carlo) and Verdi's Requiem with the direction of Antonio Pappano in Birmingham and London.

In the 2015 he sing Aida, La Bohéme and the Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Zubin Mehta, Aida in Arena di Verona, Maria Stuarda in Paris, Messa da Requiem in Gasteig - Munich and Prague and in the big Concert in memory of Elena Obraztsova in Theater Bolshoi in Moskow like only Italian artist invited.

In the season 2016 he sang in Rigoletto at La Scala in Milano, Oroveso in Norma at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with Mariella Devia for the direction of Nello Santi and Aida in Moscow in a concert with Zubin Mehta, Nabucco in Las Palmas and Menorca, Macbeth in Brussels, Faust in Zagreb and the debut in Boris Godunov Opera of Varna and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria State.

In addition to the operatic side, Carlo Colombara undertook on an intense activity as concert performer, performing more than many different times the Verdi's Messa da Requiem in cities such as Florence, Rome, London, Naples, Paris and Modena – the latter in memory of Luciano Pavarotti, with whom he appeared in the latest Requiem performed by the tenor from Modena.


  • 1986: G.B.Viotti competition[2]
  • 1987: As. Li.Co competition
  • 1994: Lauri Volpi competition
  • 1995: Orazio Tosi competition[3]
  • 1999: Cappelli competition
  • 2002: Matassa d’Oro[4]
  • 2009: Premio Monteverdi[5]
  • 2011: Premio Bonci d'Oro
  • 2014: Premio Danzuso


Colombara's discography includes recordings on compact disc (CD) and DVD for various labels.

It also includes broadcasts for radio (Radio France and Bayerischer Rundfunk (German radio), among others) and television from Teatro alla Scala, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Real Teatro di San Carlo.



  • Daemons & Angels; Director Vladimir Ghiaurov, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra (Kicco Classic 2010)
  • Opera Arias; Director G. Rath, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) (Bongiovanni 2003)
  • Musica proibita; Richard Barker, piano (Bongiovanni 2005)
  • Rencontres - mélodies francaises; Rani Calderon, piano Dynamic 2008)
  • Colombara, Great Opera Scenes - Boemi/PO Graz, 2015 Decca




  • The art of the bass; Director V. Ghiaurov, G. Gyorivanyi-Rath, F. Milani (Naxos 2012)

(in composer order, then composition, then date)

  • Gaetano Donizetti; Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro alla Scala; Director S. Ranzani; with M. Devia, R. Bruson (Fonit Cetra 1994)
  • Gaetano Donizetti; Lucia di Lammermoorat the Bunkamura (Tokyo); Director S. Ranzani; with M. Devia, M. Alvarez, R. Bruson (La Voce 2005)
  • Amilcare Ponchielli; La Gioconda at the Arena de Verona; Director D. Renzetti; with A. Gruber, M. Berti (Dynamic S.r.l. 2006)
  • Amilcare Ponchielli; La Gioconda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) (TDK 2006)
  • Giacomo Puccini; Turandot; Director Z. Mehta; with Pechino, G. Casolla, B. Frittoli, S. Larin (BMG 1997)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Requiem; Director D. Oren; with L. Pavarotti (RAI Video 1996)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Aida; Director D. Licata; with G. Giacomini, A. Millo (RAI Video 1993)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Jérusalem; Director Michel Plasson (RAI Video 2000)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Macbeth at the Teatro alla Scala; Director Riccardo Muti (RAI Video 1998)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Nabucco at the Real Teatro di San Carlo; Director Paolo Carignani; with Renato Bruson (RAI Video 1996)
  • Giuseppe Verdi; Nabucco at the Arena di Verona; Director D. Oren; with Maria Guleghina, Leo Nucci, F. Sartori (Decca Records 2007)


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