BIOGRAPHY

Carlo Colombara began to develop a passion for opera at the age of nine, after attending a performance of Carmen in his city’s Teatro Comunale. His musical training began with the study of the piano at the age of 12, to which was added the study of singing with maestro Paride Venturi at the age of 15.

In 1984 he won the “Riccardo Stracciari” competition in Bologna. In 1986 he won the gold medal as best Italian singer at the «Giovanni Battista Viotti» competition in Vercelli and in 1987 he made his theatrical debut in Milan with the As.Li.Co. competition.

At the Donizetti Theater in Bergamo in October 1987 he was podestà-Bruhlmann in Werther (opera) and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in December he was the mandarin in Turandot. In 1988, still in Bergamo, he was the prefect in Linda di Chamounix and made his debut as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra in concert directed by Georg Solti with Margaret Price at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She made her debut at the Rome Opera with Silva in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Ernani (the theater to which she returned in the following years to interpret Aida directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Luisa Miller and I puritani). This is followed at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna by the character of Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea and at the Fenice in Venice by Tiresias in Oedipus rex with Lucia Valentini Terrani, the magician Cristiano in Rinaldo (opera) with Marilyn Horne, and Verdi’s Macbeth in Tokyo alongside by Shirley Verrett.

In 1989 he made his debut at La Scala at the age of 25. The Prince of Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur (opera) directed by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi directed by Riccardo Muti at the Bolshoi Theatre, Timur in Turandot directed by Lorin Maazel at the State Palace of the Kremlin and in 1990 in the role of Procida in I vespri siciliani directed by Muti, in Lucia di Lammermoor with Vincenzo La Scola in 1992 revived by RAI, returning regularly in various seasons5 in works such as Nabucco, Macbeth (on the occasion of the opening of the of the Scaligero theater on 7 December 1997) and The coronation of Poppea.

Subsequently, he performed in the most prestigious theaters in the world, including: Staatsoper in Vienna, Metropolitan in New York, Bol’šoj Theater in Moscow, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Paris Opera, Covent Garden in London, Arena of Verona (in which he sang regularly from 1992 to 2015, inaugurating the season five times) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1992 alongside the tenor Alfredo Kraus) Tokyo and also in various prestigious concert halls such as New York (Carnegie Hall). London (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He has collaborated with the most important 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 directors of the caliber of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Franco Zeffirelli, Werner Herzog, Luca Ronconi, Graham Vick, Robert Carsen, Eliah Moshinsky, Jonathan Miller, Peter Stein and many others.

In addition to the operatic side, he undertook an intense activity as a concert performer, singing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem more than 150 times in cities such as Florence, Rome, London, Boston, Paris, Tokyo, Naples, Modena; the latter, in memory of Luciano Pavarotti, with whom he sang together in the last Requiem performed by the tenor from Modena at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1996 broadcast on Eurovision.

In 1997 he played the role of Timur in a spectacular production of Turandot in the Forbidden City in Beijing, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Zhang Yimou, which was broadcast worldwide.

From 1997 to 2013, he began an intense artistic collaboration with the Opernhaus theater in Zurich, singing all the main titles of his vast repertoire including the role of Philip II in Don Carlo which would become one of his most appreciated roles by audiences and critics.

In the 2008/2009 season, Colombara sang in I puritani at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and participated in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem organized in Modena on 6 September 2008 in homage to Luciano Pavarotti. She also performed La Forza del Destino and Nabucco at the Verdi Festival in Parma and Reggio Emilia, Verdi’s Requiem in Brussels, Stuttgart, St. Petersburg, Paris and Marseille and Luisa Miller in Munich. In the summer of 2009 he made his debut as Mefistofele at the Savonlinna Festival and as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.

In the 2009/2010 season she sang Ernani in Zurich, Verdi’s Requiem on a tour of the Basque Country, La Favorita in Seville, Nabucco in Zurich, La Sonnambula in Las Palmas, Aida in New York, Norma at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Macbeth in Brussels, and made his debut as Don Pasquale at the Peralada Festival, his first comic bass role.

In the 2010/2011 season he sang all 4 bass roles of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, I Masnadieri, Simon Boccanegra and Anna Bolena at the Zurich Opernhaus, he debuted in the title role of Don Giovanni (Mozart ) in the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Anna Bolena at the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​Norma at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, Nabucco at the Monnaie in Brussels and La Bohème at the Opernhaus in Zurich.

In the summer of 2011 he was the protagonist of Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Timur of Turandot at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, he performed the concert show Carlo Colombara 1/1 first again in Torre del Lago and finally on September 2nd he inaugurated the Umbria Music Fest with a concert of Russian Lieder accompanied by the pianist Natalia Morozova.

In the 2012 season he sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Nabucco), at the Oviedo Opera (Norma), La forza del Destino and Aida at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​at the Zurich Opernhaus (Simon Boccanegra), and made his debut the character of Scarpia (Tosca) in Prague and at the Teatro Regio in Parma and was the protagonist of the theater show “Stasera decido io!” at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca.

In 2013, Colombara performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at the Southbank Center for London’s Royal Festival Hall and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. He was also Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart and at the Arena in Verona and Fiesco by Simon Boccanegra in Vienna. The only non-Verdi forays were La Favorite at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Petite Messe Solennelle in Paris and Vienna and Mefistofele at the Teatro Regio in Parma.

In 2014, in addition to the long-awaited debut in Kolonovits’ new opera “El Juez” with José Carreras at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao, he participated with great success in a triumphal edition of the Simon Boccanegra in Piacenza and Modena, and in the celebrations for the centenary of birth of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff at the Sofia Opera Theater in 3 productions (Aida, Nabucco and Don Carlo), then again in Birmingham and London (Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Antonio Pappano) and in Salzburg in La Favorite.

In 2015 she sang with great success Aida, La Boheme (conducted by Gustavo Dudamel) and Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan directed by Zubin Mehta, Aida at the Verona Arena, Maria Stuarda in Paris, Verdi’s Requiem at the Gasteig in Munich and participated, as the only Italian singer invited, in the concert event in memory of Elena Obraztsova at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow broadcast worldwide on 10 November.

In the 2016 season he successfully interpreted the role of Sparafucile at La Scala in Milan (debut of one of the last Verdi roles that was missing in his repertoire), in Rigoletto, Oroveso in Norma at the San Carlo theater in Naples with Mariella Devia conducting Nello Santi and Aida in Moscow in concert form under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Nabucco in Las Palmas and Minorca, Macbeth in Brussels, Faust in Zagreb and the debut in Boris Godunov at the State Opera of Varna and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria.

In 2017, after successes in Modena (Attila), Montecarlo (Simon Boccanegra) and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Anna Bolena and La Bohème), he was awarded in December with the International Opera Award – Oscar della Lirica as best bass of the year , during a major opera tour in China.

In 2018 he is still the protagonist at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Aida), then plays Don Giovanni at the Belgrade Opera and at the Roman Opera in Craiova, the Count of Walter at the Hamburg State Opera in Luisa Miller and the role of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Seoul Opera Art in Korea.