Patrick Kabongo

Tenor


Biography

Patrick Kabongo was born in Kongo and has been enthusiastic about singing since his very early childhood. While studying for a Master degree in engineering he passionately practised choral singing. After a Mozart’s Requiem in Kinshasa he was offered a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.  

In Brussels, he entered the class of Marcel Vanaud and later on was admitted to the Operastudio at the Flamish Opera where he was artistically advised by Christophe Prégardien, Tuan Sew-Low, Pietro Rizzo, Ann Muray and Graham Johnson between 2008 and 2010. In 2011, he was a price winner of the "Concours international de mélodie française" in Toulouse.

In 2009, he made his debut on stage in the role of Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the ensemble Scherzi Musicali, Nicolas Achten conducting. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of the group of young singers of the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie where he was entrusted with roles such as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Jano in Jenufa, the prologue in The turn of the Screw, Guglielmo in Viva la Mamma, Le comte Errico in La Vera Costanza), Gastone in La Traviata. In 2013, he was a member at the Académie de l’Opéra Comique in Paris where he took part in productions such as Hahn’s Ciboulette, Viardot’s Cendrillon and Rabaud’s Marouf.

Following the advices from his musical coach Bertrand Halary he worked on a higher and lighter repertoire. And so in 2012, he made his successful debut in the title role of Le Comte Ory with the Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. The next year he performed Norfolk in Rossini’s Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra, again with the Ensemble Matheus.

From 2015 to 2017, Patrick Kabongo was a member of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale in Florence in order to deepen his repertoire, now including light lyric roles such as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tonio in La fille du régiment, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. On the stage of the Teatro Maggio Musicale he made his successful debut in 2016 as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri. In the frame of the Accademia he has recently taken part in a new production of Salieri's La scuola de gelosi (il Conte) in Firenze as well as on tour in Italy and in a touring production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva) in Oman.

In 2017/18 he is guest at the Metz Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and at the Opéra Comique in Le mystère de l'Ecureuil bleu by Marc-Olivier Dupin - music - and Ivan Grinberg - libretto, staging). Nexte debuts will be: at the Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza in Rossini's L'inganno felice, at the Festival Rossini in Wildbad in L'equivoco stravagante and in Moïse et Pharaon and at the Opera National du Rhin in Barkouf.