GUEST ARTISTS

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

André Courville

Baritone

Praised by Opera News for his "splendid, lush bass-baritone", André Courville is quickly establishing himself as one of America's foremost young singers. He has garnered attention for his recent role debut as Méphistophélès in Faust at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he is a resident artist. Last season brought other debuts at Carnegie Hall in Opera Orchestra of New York's acclaimed production of Roberto Devereux, with Caramoor International Music Festival as Monterone in Rigoletto, and with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Masetto in Don Giovanni.

In 2013, he sang Marquis d'Obigny in Santa Fe Opera's production of La Traviata as a member of the Apprentice Singer Program. Other operatic roles include Mustafà in L'Italiana in Algeri, Colline in La bohème, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, and de Brétigny in Manon all at AVA, roles in Double Exposure with Opera Philadelphia, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Rambaldo in La rondine, and Hermann/Schlémil/Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffman all with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York City, Colline in La bohème with Chorale Acadienne, Escalus in the world premiere of Burke's Isabel with the Louisiana Opera Theatre, and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata at Opera in the Ozarks. He performed roles in The Gondoliers and Lakmé with Loyola Opera Theatre, and has performed with the New Orleans Opera Association.

An equally busy concert performer, Courville recently appeared with the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony in Los Angeles. Last season, he was soloist in Bach's B minor Mass with Vox Ama Deus and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Sinfonia. He frequently appears with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured in Bach’s Cantata 82, Beethoven's Mass in C, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the requiems of Mozart and Fauré, and several other concerts and recitals.

Upcoming engagements include Leporello in Don Giovanni and Archibaldo in L’amore dei tre re at AVA, a gala concert with Vero Beach Opera, the bass solo in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with The Cecilia Chorus of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

A Louisiana native, Courville attended Loyola University New Orleans. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including first place in the 2015 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, first place in the 2014 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, second place in the 2015 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, encouragement awards from the 2014 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and the 2014 Opera Index Competition, a grant from the 2015 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, as well as district prizes and two consecutive second place wins in the regional competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.