Born in Kongo - however a French citizen - Patrick Kabongo has been enthusiastic about singing since his very early childhood. While studying for a Master degree in engineering he passionately practised choral singing. After a Mozart’s Requiem in Kinshasa he was offered a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. His dream slowly turned into reality.
In Brussels, Patrick Kabongo entered the class of Marcel Vanaud. Later on he was admitted to the Operastudio at the Flamish Opera where he was artistically advised by Christophe Prégardien, Tuan Sew-Low, Pietro Rizzo, Ann Muray and Graham Johnson between 2008 and 2010. In 2011, he was a price winner of the "Concours international de mélodie française" in Toulouse.
In 2009, he made his debut on stage in the role of Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with the ensemble Scherzi Musicali, Nicolas Achten conducting. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of the group of young singers of the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie where he was entrusted with roles such as Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Jano (Jenufa), the prologue (The term of the Screw), Guglielmo (Viva la Mamma), Le comte Errico (La Vera Costanza), Gastone (La Traviata). In 2013, he was a member at the Académie de l’Opéra Comique in Paris where he took part in productions such as Hahn’s Ciboulette, Viardot’s Cendrillon and Rabaud’s Marouf.
If there is no doubt that he found his way, his true voice is just to be discovered. Following the advices from his musical coach Bertrand Halary he worked on a higher and lighter repertoire. And so in 2012, he made his successful debut in the title role of Le Comte Ory with the Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. The next year he performed Norfolk in Rossini’s Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra, again with the Ensemble Matheus.
From 2015 to 2017, Patrick Kabongo was a member of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale in Florence in order to deepen his repertoire, now including light lyric roles such as Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Tonio (La fille du régiment), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola). On the stage of the Teatro Maggio Musicale he made his successful debut in 2016 as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri. In the frame of the Accademia he has recently taken part in a new production of Salieri's La scuola de gelosi (il Conte) in Firenze as well as on tour in Italy and in a touring production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva) in Oman. He subsequently performed at the Metz Opera (Ernesto in Don Pasquale), at the Opéra Comique (Le mystère de l'Ecureuil bleu, wolrd premiere by Marc-Olivier Dupin and Ivan Grinberg), at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (Bertrando in Rossinis L'inganno felice) and at the Festival "Rossini in Wildbad" (Ermanno in L'equivoco stravagante, Eliézer in Moïse et Pharaon).
His plans for 2018/19 include his role debut as Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore) in Palermo, Lindoro (L'italiana in Algeri) at the Tours Opera, his debut at the Opéra du Rhin (Saëb in Offenbach's Barkouf) and his debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Velasquez Junior in Offenbach's Maître Péronilla). Further plans include Barkouf (Saëb) at the Cologne Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva) in Tours and in Heidelberg, Le Comte Ory (title role) in Metz.