He’s not fond of Florence Foster Jenkins, but this baritone would have loved to have sung with Mario Del Monaco.
1. Three pieces of music you love:
Prokofiev Violin Concert No 2, Second Movement
Hahn L’heure exquise
Giordano Andrea Chenier – the whole damn opera!
2. Three all time vocal heroes:
Mario Del Monaco
3. Which non-opera singer would you least like to see or hear sing opera?
Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Three underrated operas you’d love to see performed:
Giordano Andrea Chenier
Catán Florencia en el Amazonas
Bellini Il pirata
5. If you weren’t an opera singer, what would you most like to be?
6. Three operas you could happily never hear again:
Pelléas et Mélisande.
7. Your most memorable musical experience in an audience:
A Zarzuela group performed at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House over 20 years ago – the tenor who sang No puede ser was magnificent
Ekaterina Siurina and José Carbó in Opera Australia’s new production of The Pearlfishers © Keith Saunders
8. Three favourite films:
Stars Wars: A New Hope
I am Sam
9. Three favourite books:
The letters of Giuseppe Verdi
Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
The House of the Spirits (Allende)
10. Three favourite places in the world:
11. What would you say was your proudest moment?
Being present at the birth of my son, Max.
12. An embarrassing or awkward moment:
Singing Don Giovanni at the Sydney Opera House, I broke the clip on my cape early in Act 2. So when Leporello (Stephen Bennett) inherited said broken cape, his subsequent attempt to disguise himself from Elvira proved futile and hilarious.
13. What do you do to relax?
Watch Rugby League or play the guitar.
14. Three guilty pleasures:
Eating Dulce de leche gelato purchased in Lygon Street, Melbourne
Never properly learning the baritone chorus part of the Libiamo (La traviata) – despite being forced to join in at the end of so many concerts!
Emma Matthews and José Carbo in Opera Australia’s 2013 production of La Traviata © Branco Gaica
15. Six opera characters you would like to have round for dinner:
King Phillip II
16. Three opera characters who would be disastrous dinner party guests:
Eboli (Don Carlo)
Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte)
Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro)
17. An opera character you’d like to go on a date with:
Musetta (no worries…)
18. Which opera singer from the past would you have most liked to play opposite?
Mario Del Monaco
19. Your favourite food:
20. Three clichés that annoy you about opera?
“Opera is elitist”
“Opera singers are over-indulged”
“Opera singers are crazy”
…actually, this last one is probably fair enough.
See José Carbo in Opera Australia’s The Pearlfishers in Melbourne this May