Patrick Carfizzi

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi’s 2016-2017 season features a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in Zeffirelli’s iconic production of Puccini’s La Bohéme. At Houston Grand Opera, he will sing both as Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore under the baton of Jane Glover and Henry Kissinger in John Adams’ Nixon in China, directed by James Richardson. He also makes his company debut at Opera Philadelphia as Bartolo in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Corrado Rovaris. He will finish his season at Central City Opera as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. Mr. Carfizzi returns to the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany as the title character in gala performances of Le nozze di Figaro.

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Reviews

“Arguably the show’s very finest singing came from the accomplished Bartolo, Patrick Carfizzi…Mr. Carfizzi’s impressive bass is as powerful as it is handsome. Make no mistake, he certainly knows how to use a full arsenal of buffo vocal tricks and colors to nail his laughs and etch his scheming Don, but then he can suddenly take our breath away with a finely sung declamation that is remarkably elegant.”

Opera Today

“Patrick Carfizzi — wonderful comic actor and fine singer who knew how, when it made sense, to draw on Rossini’s vocal ornamentation to considerable comic effect.”

Opera News

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“Arguably the show’s very finest singing came from the accomplished Bartolo, Patrick Carfizzi…Mr. Carfizzi’s impressive bass is as powerful as it is handsome. Make no mistake, he certainly knows how to use a full arsenal of buffo vocal tricks and colors to nail his laughs and etch his scheming Don, but then he can suddenly take our breath away with a finely sung declamation that is remarkably elegant.”

Opera Today 

“Patrick Carfizzi — wonderful comic actor and fine singer who knew how, when it made sense, to draw on Rossini’s vocal ornamentation to considerable comic effect.”

Opera News 

“Carfizzi’s performance is worth the price of the ticket and will be remembered as a role-defining portrayal of Dr. Bartolo. – Central City Opera, Barber of Seville ”

The Mountain-Ear 

“Patrick Carfizzi, the warm bass who sang the role of Mary’s friend and adviser Talbot, sang with a rich sound and complete emotional involvement so that his character sprang to life. ”

Washington Post 

“As Figaro, Patrick Carfizzi displayed a robust and rich voice with the ability to produce powerful and delicately sweet sounds, along with the dramatic skill to convincingly portray Figaro’s complex character.”

The Wichita Eagle 

“With impeccable comic timing and richly nuanced bass-baritone voice, Patrick Carfizzi set the gold standard as the malevolent buffoon of a father Don Magnifico.”

Oregon Music News 

“The magical scene stealer, Patrick Carfizzi as the lovesick Papageno, keeps the audience laughing. Carfizzi’s comic genius includes spontaneous interactions with the audience and delivering perfectly timed comic phrases.”

Marilee Vergati, examiner.com 

“In the role of Papageno…bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi nearly steals the evening with not only his voice, but his onstage shtick that adds to the comic nature of the role and gets the biggest laughs in the piece.”

John Norine, Jr., TheaterJones 

“Patrick Carfizzi created a delightfully pompous Dr. Bartolo, who boiled with frustration in his vain attempts to stop Rosina from meeting Almaviva. During the singing lesson in Act II, Carfizzi used his incredible falsetto and an incredibly silly impromptu dance to cause laughter to cascade from all corners of the hall.”

James Bash, Oregon Music News 

“Grand, perfect singing came from bass-baritones Patrick Carfizzi and Kyle Ketelsen, respectively as Dr. Bartolo and Don Basilio.”

Theodore Bale, Culturemap Houston 

“Patrick Carfizzi (HGO fans will remember his stunning performance as Swallow in Peter Grimes), a Figaro who is simultaneously animated and confident. There has to be sex appeal in this part, and Carfizzi most certainly possesses it.”

Theodore Bale, CultureMap Houston 

“Patrick Carfizzi brought a sonorous bass-baritone to the role of Kissinger and lascivious relish to his alter ego.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, South Florida Classical Review