Internationally acclaimed tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz has in recent seasons sung in some of the most important theaters in the world.
He has had the honor of being mentored by two of the most important tenors of our time, Plácido Domingo and Ramón Vargas.
Mr. Domingo has been a wonderful influence for Arturo, after he discovered Chacón-Cruz in 2001, he granted him the Plácido Domingo scholarship, to continue his studies. He also helped launch his international career, after his success in Domingo's International Competition "Operalia". Since, he has been a part of Arturo's life and career, from sharing the stage in various operas and concerts, as well as having conducted Arturo on several occasions.
Arturo studied voice with Ramón Vargas after winning the "Vargas Pro Opera" grant. Since then, they have become friends and Arturo continues to hone his musical skills under Maestro Vargas' tutelage.
Arturo made his La Scala debut as Hoffmann in 2012, there in Milan, he received a very warm welcome from the audience, as well as the press, "He excellently portrayed the lovelorn poet, with a youthfulness that only made him more attractive, exhibiting great mastery over his instrument and an indeed pleasant high register, all in all, a brilliant participation". (GB Opera)
Some upcoming roles in 2013/2014 include: Gabriel Adorno with the Gothenburg Opera, in Sweden, the Duke of Mantua in Aix en Provence, the Duke of Mantua in Guanajuato, Mexico, Hoffmann in Tokyo, Jacopo Foscari and Alfredo in La Traviata in Vienna.
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In January 2013, he received the prestigious Alfonso Ortiz Tirado medal in Mexico. After receiving the award, he sang a full concert with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora, in Alamos, Sonora.
Recent roles and performances for Mr. Chacón-Cruz include: Rodolfo in La Boheme in Miami's FGO, Alfredo in La Traviata in Mexico City's Bellas Artes, Hoffmann in Vienna, marking his debut at the Theater an der Wien, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Jacopo Foscari in Verdi's I due Foscari in Munich's Gasteig Hall, The Duke in Rigoletto with the San Francisco Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Opera de Oviedo, in Spain and his debut at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as Alfredo in La Traviata. Other American engagements include: Idomeneo in Milwaukee, Romeo in Gounod's Romeo and Juliette in Palm Beach, as well as Pinkerton with the Minnesota Opera.
His Spanish debut was in Valencia where he appeared as Christian in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Plácido Domingo (DVD is available worldwide by Naxos). He then was heard at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier as Marcello di Bruges in Donizetti's Il Duca d'Alba, the recording of which is now available on Amazon.com by Universal Records. Also, you can hear Arturo in Soprano Renee Fleming's Verismo CD as a guest artist.
He has performed the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with the Opera Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, the Norwegian Opera in Oslo and most recently with the San Francisco Opera.
He performed Massenet's Werther in Moscow, and in Lyon, France under the baton of Leopold Hager. The latter making Rolando Villazon's Stage Director debut.
He has performed his signature role of Rodolfo in LaBohème, with the Berlin State Opera, Portland Opera, Cologne (Germany) Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Graz Opera, Opera Pacific, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others.
He did his Hamburg State Opera debut with the role of Pinkerton in November 2009, a role he debuted with Houston Grand Opera, and subsequently sang with Washington National Opera and Florida Grand Opera.
Other important Italian debuts include, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, opposite Leo Nucci and Ruggero in Puccini's La Rondine in Venice with the Gran Teatro la Fenice.
Arturo Chacón-Cruz has sung Alfredo in La Traviata (under Maestro Lorin Maazel) in Beijing, China, as well as in Washington National Opera, Detroit Opera, Bolshoi theatre, and many others.
In 2008 he made his debut as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and also made his debut with the Cincinnati Opera in Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. That same year, he had the honor of performing in a private recital in Madrid for His and Her Majesties the King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain.
He was acclaimed for his role debut of Faust with the Opera de National de Montpellier in France with a new production by Rene Koering in 2009. As Hoffmann, he has appeared in Turin, Munich, Milan, Malmo, Nagoya, Vienna and Moscow. Slowly making this taxing character another signature role.
Mr. Chacón-Cruz has also appeared often in concert. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2002, singing Mozart's Coronation Mass. He returned to Carnegie Hall in 2003 to sing Beethoven's Mass in C and Charpentier's Te Deum with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, as well a concert with the New York Pops in 2006.
In the concert stage, he appeared as the Tenor Solo in the Verdi Requiem, Uriel in Haydn's The Creation and the Tenor Solo in Mendelssohn's Elijah, and the Tenor Solo in Mahler's Das Klagende Lied. He performed the Rossini Stabat Mater in Paris, under the baton of Myung Whun Chung.
In August 2008 he sang the Tenor Solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano. He also made his Los Angeles Opera debut as the tenor soloist for the Verdi Requiem, in honor of Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by renowned tenor Plácido Domingo.
Mr. Chacón-Cruz has received many awards, including first place and audience choice award at the 2003 Eleanor McCollum Competition in Houston Grand Opera, winner of New England Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he was also a winner of Operalia 2005 among many other important international distinctions. He is a graduate of Boston University, San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
He currently makes his home in Miami, with his wife Venetia and his son.