Carlos Bárcenas

Carlos Bárcenas


Born in Cali, Colombia, Carlos studied marine biology before having singing lessons with Gustavo A. Marquez. He then moved to Melbourne, Australia where his opera career blossomed. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Master of Music (Opera Performance) at University of Melbourne where he was awarded the Keith G. Chapman Memorial Scholarship.

In Australia he has worked with Victorian Opera, Victorian Opera Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Melbourne Lyric Opera, Opera Australia, Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Short Black Opera. He has also worked in Italy, Germany, and Colombia. His roles have included Marco (The Gondoliers, Sullivan), Alexander (Il re pastore, Mozart) Michael (Pecan Summer, Cheetham), Tony (Master Class by Terrence McNally 2018) Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer, Wagner), Edgardo and Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti), Sir Bruno (I puritani, Bellini), Flavio (Norma, Bellini), The Pied Piper (The Pied Piper, Mills), Saint Chavez (Four Saints in Three Acts, Thomson), Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show, de Falla) Prince April (Sleeping Beauty, Respighi), Witch (Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck), Prince Charming (Cendrillon, Massenet) Arnoldo (Guillaume Tell, Rossini), Elvino (La sonnambula, Donizetti), Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini) and Nadir (The Pearl Fishers, Bizet). Carlos received a Green Room award for his performance of Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer.

Past Performances

29 March - 2 April 2022

Performance The Sopranos

Celebrating bold and rebellious women Season 2022 opens with The Sopranos, a new commission by writer Sarah Holland-Batt, celebrating the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history…

11 - 13 August 2022

Family friendly Home Grown Opera

Experience the magic of opera in the gardens as you listen to a curated concert of traditional songs marking life’s big moments, presented by BLEACH* and Opera Queensland. Gold Coast…

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 March 2023

Performance Macbeth in Concert

False face must hide what false heart doth know Fuelled by treachery, superstition and a lust for power that knows no bounds, Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tale for our times….

Tuesday 16 – Monday 22 May 2023

Regional Festival of Outback Opera

“Only the countless stars in the night skies could provide a sufficiently high rating to this stellar event and its long-lasting impact on the lives it touches.” Limelight Magazine Presented…

Performance Singing in the Night

Be immersed in beautiful music making at the iconic Outback Queensland location of Two Tree Hill on Camden Park Station in Longreach. Under the vast horizons of this historic 18,000-acre…

Performance Dark Sky Serenade

Dazzling night skies, crystal clear air and glorious music ignite your senses in this once in a lifetime concert. Dark Sky Serenade returns to the spectacular Jump-Up at the Australian…

20 & 27 April 2024

Performance Lucia di Lammermoor

A Brisbane Bel Canto event A NEW FESTIVAL FOR THE BRISBANE STAGE Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti ★★★★★ “One for the ages, it’s not to be missed” – Limelight…

24 April 2024

Performance Jessica Pratt in Concert

A Brisbane Bel Canto event A NEW FESTIVAL FOR THE BRISBANE STAGE Jessica Pratt in Concert with Queensland Symphony Orchestra Jessica Pratt celebrates the music of Vincenzo Bellini for a…

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