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)
Engagements in 2012/2013, include the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo, with the Florentine Opera, Rodolfo in La Boheme in Miami's FGO, Romeo with Palm Beach Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata in Mexico City, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with Minnesota Opera, 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. Other recent debuts include: Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with the Opera de Oviedo, in Spain, and Verdi's Jacopo Foscari in i Due Foscari in Munich and Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Goteborg.
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 added the title role in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette to his repertoire for Michigan Opera Theatre in the spring of 2007. 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), also with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, with the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, the San Francisco Opera, as well as with The Norwegian Opera in Oslo.
He recently 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 La Bohème, 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 also 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 Theater in Moscow and many others.
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.
He also 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 during the official visit of Mexico's President Felipe Calderon to 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, Vienna, Nagoya 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 recently 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.
He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as part of the "Summer in the City" concert series in 2004 and in 2005 he sang a concert of Mexican and Spanish music with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
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 currently makes his home in Boston, with his wife Venetia and his son.