Carlo Colombara is considered one of the most important Italian verdian basses in the world.
His forays into bel canto and romantic repertoire as part of French culture have also been received with unanimous applause from audiences and critics alike. His powerful voice timbre, wide, deep and agile with great communication skills and convincing actor skills, ensure a place of honour in the contemporary operatic world.
Colombara fell in love with the opera at the age of nine, having witnessed a Carmen at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, his native city. He began his musical training at age 12, studying piano, while the study of singing, his great passion, starts at 15, also in Bologna with Paride Venturi. In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer of the Gian Battista Viotti competition; the following year he was awarded the first prize in the As.Li.Co competition, just before his debut in Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with Silva in Ernani. It marked a start of an acclaimed international career with invitations from Tokyo, London, Berlin and the Vienna State Opera.
Today, after twenty years of career, during which he worked with the most important conductors and directors of the international scene, Carlo Colombara continues to widen his repertoire pushed by his restless artistic spirit and a great vocation for singing and the theatre. In recent years Colombara debuted successfully the roles of Boito’s Mefistofele, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Don Pasquale, his first foray into Italian opera buffa, four bass roles in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Don Giovanni. In 2012, he debuted the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca in Prague and Parma in concert.
Colombara received the widest acclaim for his interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem, a part he has performed more that 100 times. He also sang Zechariah at the Stuttgart State Opera and at the Arena di Verona and Fiesco of Simon Boccanegra in Vienna and Salerno. His only non-Verdi raids were The Favorite at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Petite Messe Solennelle in Paris and Vienna and Mefistofele at the Teatro Regio di Parma.
The year 2014 saw his over-awaited debut in El Juez, a new work of Kolonovits with José Carreras at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. The same year, Colombara participated with great success in a historic edition of Simon Boccanegra in Piacenza and Modena, and took part in the celebrations of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff at the Theatre of Sofia in 3 productions (Aida, Nabucco, Don Carlo). Then he performed Verdi's Requiem under Antonio Pappano in London, sang La Favorite with Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Florez and Ludovic Tezier in Salzburg, Luisa Miller in Genova and Attila in Catania. In 2015 he appeared with great success in Aida, La bohéme and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Zubin Mehta, Aida in Arena di Verona, and Maria Stuarda in Paris, and in the big Concerto in Memory of Elena Obraztsova at the Bolshoi theatre of Moscow. With Zubin Mehta he participated in the spectacular production of Turandot in the forbidden city of Beijing, a show broadcast throughout the world and available on CD and DVD.
In the forthcoming seasons he is expected in La Scala for Rigoletto, Anna Bolena, Aida, Norma in Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Aida in Barcelona and many others proudciton in the most important theaters in the world.
Colombara’s discography include numerous recordings for the most important international reording labels. In addition he participated in several radio broadcasts and television performances from La Scala in Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 2008 he presented in Sevilla the DVD “El arte del bajo, Carlo Colombara en Sevilla”, published by Naxos in 2012, in which he interprets some of the roles that made him famous. In the year 2015 he released “Recital Great Opera Scenes” CD for Universal DECCA.
During his career, Carlo Colombara has been awarded the Lauri Volpi (1994), Orazio Tosi (1995), Cappelli (1999), the Skein of Gold (2002), Monteverdi (2009) Award, Bonci Golden Award (2011) and Domenico Danzuso Award (2014).