French Canadian bass baritone Claude Corbeil enjoyed a more than 39 year international opera career, singing leading and character roles in opera houses around the world. In his native Canada, he was known as Monsieur Jambon, and hailed as Canada’s Danny Kaye. He performed with Covent Garden, Scottish National Opera, Welsh National Opera, throughout Europe, and all over the United States and Canada. His colleagues were Renata Tebaldi, Jon Vickers, Joan Sutherland, Sam Ramey, and Sherill Milnes under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, and Charles Dutoit.
In addition to his opera roles, he was a frequent recitalist, and a television personality, at one point having his own show, The Claude Corbeil Show, where he was host and star, and presented Canada’s best performers in opera and song. Mr. Corbeil also starred in the CBC Toronto film The Harvest in 1989, playing the lead character, Sebastian, to great acclaim. In acknowledgement of his brilliant career, Claude Corbeil was inducted in the Canadian Musical hall of Fame in December 1997.
Now retired from opera, Mr. Corbeil teaches voice, and gives master classes at Hartt School of Music. He also teaches privately in the Berkshires of Massachusetts where he lives with his wife, singer/actor Maureen O’Flynn.