Renowned French-Canadian bass-baritone Claude Corbeil performed on the operatic and concert stages of the world for over 39 years. With a master degree from the Montreal Conservatory of Music, he made his operatic debut at the age of 17 in the role of Chichibio in Mozart’s L’Oca del Cairo. His debut launched a career in which he became best known for his portrayals of opera’s favorite comedic characters, among them Leporello, Basilio, Figaro, Sulpice, Don Alfonso, Dulcamara, Don Magnifico, Don Pasquale, Gianni Schicchi, and Falstaff. In addition to the comedic figures in his more than 80 roles, he also sang Mephistopheles, the 4 villains in Tales of Hoffman, Don Giovanni, Colline, Johanahaan, Frere Laurent, Raimondo, among others.
Mr. Corbeil sang in all the major opera houses and festivals of the US and Canada, and internationally in London’s Covent Garden, Scottish National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and throughout France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South America, and Israel. He shared the stage with Jon Vickers, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Cornell MacNeil, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, Montserrat Caballe, and Frederica Von Stade under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, Wilfred Pelltier, Charles Munch and Charles Dutoit.
A frequent recitalist, Mr. Corbeil has given concerts, radio and television appearances throughout Canada interpreting the song cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Duparc, Massenet, Faure, and Debussy. A popular radio and TV personality, he hosted his own television show in the seventies on the CBC French network.
In 1985, The Canadian government sent Mr. Corbeil along with well known contralto Maureen Forrester to the People’s Republic of China to give a series of Master Classes and concerts throughout the country, a trip documented and filmed by the CBC and shown world-wide. In acknowledgement of his brilliant career, Claude Corbeil was inducted into the Canadian Musical Hall of Fame in December 1997.
Now retired from the stage, Mr. Corbeil is on the voice faculties of Hartt School of Music, and the Artescenica Encuentro Festival for Young Singers in Saltillo Mexico, and is an annual guest teacher and Master Class Instructor at the Opera Institute of Boston University. Mr. Corbeil teaches regularly in the young artist programs of Glimmerglass Opera, Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Montreal Conservatory, McGill University, University of Georgia, and University of Massachusetts, to name only a few. He also teaches privately in Massachusetts and New York City, and travels with his wife, soprano Maureen O’Flynn.