Singer Tenor

Patrick Kabongo

News

Debut at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg

Born in Congo - however a French citizen - Patrick Kabongo spent most of his time in recent years in Italy in order to bring his voice to perfection for the Belcanto-repertory. This enabled him to perform roles such as Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bertrandó (L’inganno felice), Comte Ory (Le Comte Ory) and Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) – all by Rossini as well as Ernesto (Don Pasquale).

In summer of this year his rendition of Ermanno in L’equivoco stravagante was highly acclaimed at the Rossini-Festival in Bad Wildbad (Germany). Some press-cuts referring to this production:

„Her shy admirer Ermanno was performed by tenor Patrick Kabongo with a moving portrayal and most brilliant singing. His voice possesses an outstandingly captivating timbre pleasuring vocally with well-rounded sound. Highest career-prediction!“ (onlinemerker.com)

„The cultivated tenor Patrick Kabongo makes a persistent dent.” (pz-news)

„ … as well as the Patrick Kabongo’s dedicative Ermanno at eye level with both soulful acting and highly secure top-register. This Rossini-tenor revealed great potential for the future“. (Das Opernglas).

Patrick Kabongo is now about to make his debut at the Opéra national du Rhin performing the role of Saëb in Barkouf ou un chien au pouvoir, an unknown operetta by Offenbach.

Opening-night on December 7, 2018.
All dates of performances

Rossini in Bad Wildbad and much more!

When meeting his decision three years ago to continue his musical studies in Italy joining the prestigious Accademia dell’Opera di Firenze, Patrick Kabongo already anticipated that Rossini would take a central place in his repertoire. His career expectation has meanwhile been more than fulfilled! Following engagements as Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri) at the Opera di Firenze and as Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the Florence ensemble on tour to Oman, his participation within the German Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival singing the roles of Candulmiero und Selimo in Maometto II was called a “revelation”. With another Rossini-role, Bertrando in L’inganno felice, he just now conquered the Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza.

After having also performed as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Metz Opera earlier this season, he will also make another Donizetti role-debut this upcoming September: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. However, still prior to this engagement he will celebrate another role-debut by Rossini: Ermanno in L’equivoco stravagante with this year’s Bad Wildbad Festival opening on July 13, 2018.

All dates of performances.

Ernesto at the Metz Opera

Within the two years which he just spent at the Academy of the Teatro Maggio Musicale in Florence Patrick Kabongo did not squander away any of his time: He succeeded to polish up his knowledge of the Italian language and to develop his repertory as a typical Tenore di grazia. Among other roles he was performing there as Silango in Le Cinesi by Gluck, Il Conte in La Scuola de’ gelosi by Salieri, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, both by Rossini. Patrick Kabongo is back in France now rehearsing his first ever Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Metz Opera, joining a both delightful and impressing stage-production by Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau.

Performances on November 17, 19 and 21, 2017

All dates of performances

The study of jealousy in Florence

One year ago Patrick Kabongo made his successful Florence stage-debut singing the role of Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri within the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. This perfectly fitting repertoire displayed beyond doubt both his impressing vocal agility and the beauty of his timbre. Patrick Kabongo is back to the Florence Opera now in order to join a rarely given opera by Antonio Salieri, La scuola de gelosi (The school of jealousy premiered in 1778, a kind of Cosi fan tutte 12 years before Mozart's Cosi fan tutte!). Patrick will be performing the challenging and virtuoso role of the Count.

Dates of performance (at the Teatro Goldoni): March 19, 21, 23 and 26, 2017.

From Kinshasa to Florence – a life as in a fairy-tale

Patrick Kabongo’s story sounds like a fairy-tale. Born in Kongo nothing would have predetermined him for the field of classical music. Already as a child he loved singing so much that he joined a chorus, appearing in concerts. Following a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Kinshasa, a Belgian diplomat approached him with the proposal to support his application for a scholarship. This way he came to Belgium acceding the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. Patrick’s dream became true step by step.

The Congolese bass turned into a tenor in Europe. Being offered character roles, he himself could not find his way in this repertoire, still searching for the right vocal track. Some attentive and benevolent listeners foresee his future to be the light-lyric repertoire: Lindoro, Ramiro, Almaviva, Tonio…with a bold high C…a coherent attempt…and here is his ideal vocal orientation!  Jean-Christophe Spinosi did not fail when inviting him to sing Rossini under his baton (Le Comte Ory or Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra). And the Italians neither did go wrong: Patrick Kabongo is now a member of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino where he can elaborate his knowledge in Italian repertoire and study among others the role of Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri) on stage.

02.11.2015