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John Del Carlo

About this Artist

American bass-baritone JOHN DEL CARLO has established himself as a leading artist with the finest opera houses and symphony orchestras throughout the world.

Mr. Del Carlo has enjoyed an important relationship with the Metropolitan Opera since 1993.  Since his debut as Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, he has appeared as the title role in Don Pasquale, Dr Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in a performance that was broadcast in HD in movie theaters around the world), Swallow in Peter Grimes, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mathieu in Andrea Chenier, Colonel Frank in Die Fledermaus, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Alfieri in the company’s premiere of Bolcom’s  A View from the Bridge.

Mr. Del Carlo has also established important ties with the San Francisco Opera. His numerous appearances there have included the title role in Falstaff, Bartolo, Baron Zeta, Kothner, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and General Boom in La Grand Duchesse de Gerolstein.  Other opera houses in which he has appeared include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera,  the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Opera National de Paris,  the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, the Cologne Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Vlaamse Opera, and the Opernhaus Zurich.

On the concert platform, Mr. Del Carlo has also appeared with leading symphony orchestras throughout North America, including the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.  He has performed with many of the world’s finest conductors including Dennis Russell Davies, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniele Gatti, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, and Jeffery Tate.

Mr. Del Carlo appeared in national PBS telecasts of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Pasquale  with the Metropolitan Opera, Madama Butterfly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Gioconda with the San Francisco Opera, and La Boheme with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.  He also appeared in Cologne’s production of La Cambiale de matrimonio, which was televised in Europe and recorded for video disc and tape by the Teldec/NVC label, and in Salieri’s Falstaff  with Schwetzinger Festspiele which was released on DVD by the Arthaus Musik label. His numerous recordings include the L’Italiana in Algeri (Teldec Classics); La Cenerentola with Neville Marriner (Philips Classics); Zuane in La Gioconda (London/Decca); and Olivio in Donizetti’s Olivo e Pasquale (Bongiovanni).

This season, Mr. Del Carlo, returns to the  Metropolitan Opera’s for  the new productions of Thomas Adés’ The Tempest and The Barber of Seville, and makes his debut at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in staged performances of Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.