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ABOUT

Praised by Opera News for his "splendid, lush bass-baritone", André Courville is gaining momentum as a rising star on stages throughout the world. Recent and upcoming seasons bring debuts with Arizona Opera and Kentucky Opera as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, in France with Opéra National de Bordeaux as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, in China as Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Guangzhou Opera House, in Italy with Opera di Firenze as Le Grand Prêtre des Mexicains in Fernand Cortez under the baton of Fabio Luisi, with Berkshire Opera Festival as the title role in Don Giovanni, in Switzerland with Oper Zürich, and with Houston Grand Opera.

Highlights of previous seasons include Masetto in Don Giovanni with The Dallas Opera, his European debut at Karlsruhe’s Badisches Staatstheater as Mozart’s Figaro, the Marquis in La traviata with the Santa Fe Opera, and a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra as the Jailer in Tosca under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he garnered critical acclaim for performances there of many important roles including Méphistophélès in Faust, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.
An equally busy concert performer, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall for numerous seasons since his debut there with Opera Orchestra of New York. Other recent performances include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the bass solos in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Bach's Cantata 150 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

A Louisiana native, Courville is the recipient of top awards in eight national and international vocal competitions, including First Prize in Los Angeles's Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and Top Prize in New York's Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.