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 made his debut with Opera Australia, in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in 2002, and was soon engaged for Figaro in The Barber of Seville. His European debut was in Italy in 2005 at the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma where he sang the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. That same year, he sang the title role in The Barber of Seville for the Teatro Real in Madrid; he was re-engaged by this theatre 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. 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.
Engagements for Opera Australia since 2012 have included The Barber of Seville, 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 The Queen of Spades 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.
Late in 2013, he returned to the Teatro Real in Madrid as Belcore. Appearances for 2014 include the title role in Rigoletto for Opera Australia, Germont for Victorian Opera and concerts with the Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra Symphony Orchestras.