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.