- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Escuela Normal de ca Muguey, Cuba, 1958
Tenor Carlos Montané studied in Cuba, the United States, and Italy, receiving his B.A. in vocal studies.
He made his professional debut at age 23 singing the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, a role that he later performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and Philadelphia Lyric Opera as well as in Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, and South Africa. He also performed in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Great Britain, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Malasia.
Montané has appeared only in leading roles, such as Radames in Aida, Riccado in Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo in Don Carlo, Ernani in Ernani, Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Macduff in Macbeth, Ismaele in Nabucco, Riccardo in Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio (U.S. professional premiere), Gabriele in Simon Boccanegra, Alfredo in La Traviata, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Roberto in Roberto Devereux, Faust in Faust, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut.
During a career spanning 48 years as of 2009, he has performed with sopranos including Montserrat Caballe, Martina Arroyo, Teresa Kubiak, Gilda Cruz-Romo, and Patricia Wise. His oratorio performances include Verdi's Requiem, Donizetti's Requiem, Bottesini's Requiem, and Beethioven's Missa Solemnis.
Montané has presented master classes at AIMS in Graz; Centro Studi Italiani and Scuola Italia in Italy; Lyric Opera Studio, Weimar, Germany; Musik Hochshule in Leipzig, Germany; Vianden Festival in Luxembourg; Yonsei University in Seoul; and FAVA in France.
His students perform leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, National Theater-Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Salzburg Festival, Arena di Verona, Bayreuth Festival, and others.