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Jon Kolbet

Character Tenor


Career highlights have included Valzacchi in DER ROSENKAVALIER, Spoletta in TOSCA, the Simpleton in BORIS GODUNOV, Guillot de Morfontaine in MANON, Il Maestro di Ballo in MANON LESCAUT, Schoolmaster / Mosquito in THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, the Notary in DON PASQUALE, Snake / Vain Man in the world premiere of Rachel Portman's THE LITTLE PRINCE, and Monostatos in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Houston Grand Opera; Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with 

"John Kolbet played Goro, the one-man escort and marriage-broker to the hilt with his palms always ready for a couple of greenbacks."


--James Bash,

Oregon Music News

San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Utah Opera, and L'Opéra de Montréal; Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Houston Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Utah Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Don Curzio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Utah Opera; Second Jew in SALOME with New York City Opera; Second Noble in LOHENGRIN with Seattle Opera; Red Whiskers in BILLY BUDD with Washington Opera; Pang in TURANDOT, Pong in TURANDOT, Mayor Upford in ALBERT HERRING, Jove / Eumete in THE RETURN OF ULYSSES, and Zefirino in IL VIAGGIO A REIMS with Portland Opera; Dr. Caius in FALSTAFF with Milwaukee's Florentine Opera; First Jew in SALOME with New Orleans Opera; Pong in TURANDOT with Opera Omaha; Little Bat in SUSANNAH with Kentucky Opera; Snake / Vain Man in THE LITTLE PRINCE and the Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL with Tulsa Opera; the Four Servants in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Fort Worth Opera; Tybalt in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE with Opera Carolina; Beppe in PAGLIACCI with Fresno Grand Opera; Vasek in THE BARTERED BRIDE with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; and the title role in THE IMPRESARIO with Connecticut Grand Opera. Concert highlights have included the Tanzmeister in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with the Minnesota Orchestra; Klaus-naar in Schönberg's GURRELIEDER with the Houston Symphony; and MESSIAH with the El Paso Chorale.

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