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:
Ettore Bastianini
Mario Del Monaco
Giuseppe Giacomini

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?
Property Developer

6. Three operas you could happily never hear again:
Pelléas et Mélisande.
Albert Herring
Alcina

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
Terminator 2

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:
Spain
Rome
Hawaii

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
Mythbusters
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
Rigoletto
Iago
Musetta
Susanna
Minnie

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:
Gnocchi

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

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