José Carmona was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the age of 6 he moved with his parents to Calgary, Canada. There, he took his first music lessons with the classical guitar at the age of 12. After completing high school in the USA, José began his voice studies at the University of Calgary in 2011, under the tutelage of Donald Bell. In 2014, he sung his first operatic role here – Pygmalion (Die schöne Galathee, F. von Suppé).
During these years, he also studied with Julie Harris, director of the University of Calgary Early Music Ensemble. It was also in this time that José taught himself the clarinet and, thereafter, enjoyed the pleasure of playing in the University of Calgary Symphonic Band, directed by Gareth Jones.
In 2015, José moved to Stuttgart, Germany. Here, he furthered his studies with Bernhard Gärtner at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Currently, José is completing his Master of Music in Concert Performance Degree with Prof. Turid Karlsen. José has sung various operatic roles at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart, including Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini), Daniel Buchanan (Street Scene, K. Weill), and Spärlich (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, O. Niccolai).
In 2016, José performed the role of “Royal Servant” in an acclaimed production of Jommelli’s Vologeso at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. In March 2020, José debuted in J. Offenbach’s Orpheus in the title role in Balingen, Germany.
José’s passion for choral singing led him to sing in the opera chorus of the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Parsifal, R. Wagner, 2018), as well as with the Kilden Opera (G. Verdi, La Traviata, 2017) in Kristiansand, Norway and with the Trondheim Synfoniorkester & Opera (G. Verdi, Othello, 2017) in Trondheim, Norway.
In addition to the realm of opera, José maintains a regular concert schedule, often performing works of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Puccini, and many others. He often sings in religious services and in private events.
In addition to his work as a performer, José is a passionate voice teacher and choral instructor.