AZO Cast Members & Creatives
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 debuts this season with the Philadelphia Orchestra as bass soloist in Bach's Cantata 150 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in Europe at Karlsruhe’s Badisches Staatstheater as the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, and at the Spoleto Festival USA in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Other season highlights include Colline in La bohème with the Rochester Philharmonic and Don Alvar in Rameau’s rarely heard Les Sauvages in Washington, DC and New York City with Opera Lafayette.
In the past four years as a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he has garnered critical acclaim for performances of many important roles including Méphistophélès in Faust, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Previous seasons saw him as Monterone in Rigoletto at Caramoor Music Festival, Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Marquis d'Obigny in La traviata with the Santa Fe Opera as a member of their Apprentice Singer Program.
An equally busy concert performer, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall for the past three seasons since his debut there in Opera Orchestra of New York's acclaimed production of Roberto Devereux. Other recent performances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the bass solos in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Bach's B minor Mass with Vox Ama Deus, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Sinfonia at Verizon Hall.
A Louisiana native, Courville is the recipient of top awards in eight national and international vocal competitions, including First Prize in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.