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Praised by Opera News for his “splendid, lush bass-baritone”, André Courville is gaining momentum as a rising star on stages throughout the world.
Recent and upcoming seasons bring returns to Italy in Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s productions of Madama Butterfly and Roméo et Juliette, to Cincinnati Opera as Colline in La bohème, and debuts with the Berkshire Opera Festival as the title role in Don Giovanni, with Houston Grand Opera as Alidoro in La cenerentola and Titurel in Parsifal, and with the Moscow Philharmonic Society as Clistene in Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
Highlights of previous seasons include notable debuts as Masetto in Don Giovanni with The Dallas Opera, Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda at Oper Zürich in Switzerland, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at Arizona Opera and Karlsruhe’s Badisches Staatstheater in Germany, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra National de Bordeaux, Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Guangzhou Opera House in China, Le Grand Prêtre des Mexicains in Fernand Cortez at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra with Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Zuniga in Carmen with Cincinnati Opera, the Marquis in La traviata with the Santa Fe Opera, and a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra as the Jailer in Tosca under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he garnered critical acclaim for performances there of many important roles including Méphistophélès in Faust, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.
An equally busy concert performer, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall for numerous seasons since his debut there with Opera Orchestra of New York. Other recent performances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the bass solos in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Bach’s Cantata 150 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A Louisiana native, Courville is the recipient of top awards in eight national and international vocal competitions, including First Prize in Los Angeles’s Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and Top Prize in New York’s Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.