Carlos Conde-González (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico), has performed on opera stages around the world, including the New Israeli Opera, Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao (Spain), Oper der StadtBonn (Germany), Teatro Comunale di Brescia (Italy); National Tours with New York City Opera and Teatro Lirico d’Europa, and appearances with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Connecticut Grand Opera, and major opera companies in Omaha, Birmingham, Toledo, Fort Worth, Virginia, Shreveport, Augusta, and venues in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and his native Puerto Rico.
Carlos Conde is known especially for his portrayals of the “buffo” Italian roles, such as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Don Pasquale, Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Melitone in La forza del destino, and Doctor Bartoloin Il barbiere di Siviglia (which has sung over 200 times in 28 different productions).
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Conde made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York in its productions of La gioconda and La fanciulladel West. He has also sung with the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, performing the role of Somarone in Béatrice et Bénédict at Lincoln Center.
Since 2004, Dr. Conde has stage-directed in Italy, Tel Aviv, Canada, New York, Virginia, Houston, and his native Puerto Rico. Some of his memorable, and critically acclaimed, productions are: Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni; Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Lucia di Lammermoore; Puccini’s La bohème and La rondine; Verdis’s La Traviata, and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz.
Dr. Conde received a Doctor of Music Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and is an alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center.
In the 1992 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions he was a first-place district and first-place regional winner and national finalist. He also won the José Moscoso Award in the 1995 Sullivan Foundation Competition, was a Finalist in the 1992 Luciano Pavarotti Competiton, and First Prize in the 1989 Palm Beach Opera Competition.
Dr. Conde is widely known as a professor of voice and as an opera-performing-practice lecturer, teaching at the International Vocal Arts Institutes in Tel Aviv, Virginia, and Montreal; the Sociedad Internacional de Valores Mexicanos (SIVAM); the José Cuervo Academy and International Festival in Jalisco (Mexico), the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division; The City University of New York, and at the Sagrado Corazón University in Puerto Rico, where at present he is the Founder Director of the Musical Arts Institute. Dr. Conde has previously taught at Mannes, Brooklyn College, Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, the Texas Tech University, and the University of Miami, and was Chancellor at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.