English Biography

One of the most commanding and exciting singers of his generation, French-Canadian bass Alain Coulombe has been enjoying a thirty-year international singing career. He has collaborated with outstanding conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Bradshaw, Helmut Rilling, Bernard Labadie, Alain Altinoglu, Ingo Metzmacher and Richard Bonynge. 

Highlights from recent opera seasons include Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival, Der Doktor in Wozzeck and Archangel Uriel in the world premiere of CO2 at Il Teatro alla Scala, Clark Gable in the world premiere of Waiting for Miss Monroe, The Director of the Casino in The Gambler and Geronte di Ravoir in Manon Lescaut at the Dutch National Opera, as well as Bishop Taché in Louis Riel at the Canadian Opera Company, le Festival d’Opéra de Québec and the National Arts Centre. He was also Oroveso in Norma, Frère Laurentin Roméo et Juliette and Ramfisin Aida with the Calgary Opera, Merlinin Kopernikus and Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande with Against the Grain Theatre, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at l’Opéra de Montréal, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at l’Opéra de Québec, as well as Timurin the Vancouver Opera production of Turandot.

Recently in concert, he was Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with l’Opéra de Québec, soloist in Concert Hommage to Joseph Rouleau at Le Domaine Forget and in the Gala L’Opéra Français en Fête with Le Festival d’Opéra de Québec. Bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Mozart’s Requiem with the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra at the Festival Music And Beyond in Ottawa, he was Zuniga in Carmen with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Gravediggerin Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt Op.112 with Le Festival de Musique de Lanaudière and Le Père de Famillein Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the National Orchestra of Spain, Pax Christi Chorale, the Boston Symphony and the Dresdner Philarmonie.

On DVD, he is Phinée in the EuroArts production of Lully’s Persée and Masettoin the film Don Giovanni Unmasked by Rhombus Media.  On disc, he is Clark Gable in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for Challenge Classics, Sam Jarvis Senior in Harry Somers’ Serinette, and the bass soloist in Somers’ The Death of Enkidu and Chura Churum for Centrediscs Records.

Highlights from his future projects include the World Premiere of Paul Frehner’s LEX with Soundstreams, Zuniga in Carmen with the Canadian Opera Company and Tripaldi in l’Opéra de Montréal’s production of Golijov’s Ainadamar.


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Featured Photo: DON GIOVANNI, Salzburg Festival 2016, with Ildebrando D’Archangelo