Carlo Colombara (born in Bologna, Italy) is an Italian operatic bass. He has sung leading roles in many major opera houses including Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy); the Vienna State Opera (Vienna, Austria); the Real Teatro di San Carlo (Naples, Italy); the Arena di Verona (Verona, Italy); the Royal Opera House (London, United Kingdom), and The Metropolitan Opera (New York City, New York, United States).
Colombara began his training at age twelve with piano lessons and began singing from age fifteen, studying with Paride Venturi in Bologna. In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer in the G.B. Viotti competition and the following year he won the As. Li.Co competition in Milan. He then made his professional début as Silva in Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome, Italy). He made his début at the Teatro alla Scala in 1989 as Procida in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
With Zubin Mehta conducting, he performed in an open-air production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot in the Forbidden City, (Beijing, China), which was recorded and broadcast worldwide.