Artist of the Week: Carlo Colombara, bass

One of the finest basses of his generation, Carlo Colombara returns to Olavinlinna Castle this summer to sing the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and to give a recital with Jari Hämäläinen, piano, at the Savonlinna Hall.

The Italian maestro, whose Mefistofele elicited high acclaim from critics and audiences alike in summer 2009, has been expanding his repertoire in a more baritonal direction in the past few years, adding such roles as Escamillo in Carmen. Last autumn audiences in Italy heard him sing his first Don Giovanni in performances that suitably paved the way to Savonlinna.

In the course of his 25-year career Carlo Colombara has appeared at the world’s most prestigious opera houses: the New York Metropolitan, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, the Moscow Bolshoi, the Bavarian State Opera, La Scala, Milan, the Arena di Verona… The greatest stages and leading bass roles are, in other words, all familiar to him.

Colombara has contributed to a number of complete opera recordings and released many solo discs, most recently Daemons & Angels in 2010. His mighty bass can be heard this spring in Zurich and Brussels, and as Zaccaria in Nabucco at the New York Metropolitan and the Vienna State Opera this autumn.

Don’t miss this magnificent opportunity to hear the top Italian bass sing Don Giovanni in Savonlinna on July 1, 5, 9, 14 or 19.

Read more about this magnificent artist

Carlo Colombara website 

Carlo Colombara as Carmenin Escamillo in YouTube

Carlo Colombara as Don Carlo Filip II in YouTube