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Conal Coad received his first training in New Zealand and in the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music Opera School before joining Opera Australia‚ with whom he performed a number of roles before leaving for Europe in 1981. He settled in Belgium making his debut with the Opera de Wallonie in La Fanciulla del West.

Recent and future engagements include Dulcamara The Elixir of Love New Zealand Opera‚ Timur Turandot and Ramfis Aida (Opera Australia on Sydney Harbour)‚ Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Valencia)‚ Dulcamara The Elixir of love‚ title role Don Pasquale‚ Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream‚ La Roche Capriccio‚ Geronio Il Turco in Italia‚ Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro‚ Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia and Leporello Don Giovanni with Opera Australia‚ Dikoy Katya Kabanova‚ Rocco Fidelio and Kecal The Bartered Bride with New Zealand Opera‚ Sarastro The Magic Flute (Opera on the Beach) and Dansker Billy Budd in Washington and at Aldeburgh with Opera North.

Previous engagements in Europe include singing with all the major companies of Belgium in the principal bass roles of Il SeraglioThe Marriage of FigaroRigolettoI Vespri SicilianiNabuccoIl TrovatoreLucia di Lammermoor and Lohengrin; Dansker Billy Budd (Royal Opera House)‚ Rocco Fidelio (Bordeaux)‚ Wurm Luisa Miller (Montpellier)‚ Il Ritorno d’Ulysse in Patria (Grand Theatre‚ Geneva)‚ title role Falstaff‚ Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier (Opera North)‚ Rocco Fidelio and Oroveso Norma (Opera Holland Park)‚ Don Pasquale‚ Bartolo and Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington) ‚ Commendatore and Sarastro in Portugal ‚ Basilio and Dansker in Hamburg‚ Bottom in Madrid‚ Napoli and at La Fenice in Venice‚ Tom Blunt Der Vampyr in Bologna‚ Swallow Peter Grimes in Napoli

A regular with OperaAustralia and New Zealand Opera‚ engagements include Superintendent Budd Albert Herring‚ Bartolo and Don Magnifico La Cenerentola‚ Gremin Eugene Onegin Dikoy Katya Kabanova‚ Rocco Fidelio‚ Janacek’s Glagolitik Mass‚ Basilio‚ Waldner Arabella‚ Dansker‚ Animal Tamer/ Acrobat Lulu‚ Don Magnifico‚ The Grand Inquisitor‚ Friar Laurent Roméo et JulietteThe Mikado(Australia); title role Falstaff‚ Ramfis‚ Mustafa ‚ and title role Don Pasquale‚ which he also directed (New Zealand).

Recordings include Mozart Bass Arias (Polygram/ABC Classics)‚ NZ at Covent Garden (Kiwi)‚ Mozart Opera Arias (Polygram/ABC Classics) and My Beloved Father.

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