Jesús León, Tenor
Jesús León

Jesús León

Tenor
April 12, 1976 (Mexico, Sonora)
Bio: Mexican tenor living in Vienna, Austria. The mexican tenor Jesús León studied at the UCLA Opera Studio, at the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, at the Boston Opera Institute and was a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy he trained under the guidance of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship. His repertoire includes works from Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Offenbach, Rossini and Verdi, highlighting Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Elvino in La Sonnambula, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pâris in La Belle Hélène, Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La Traviata. His 2018- 2019 season included the roles of Elvino in La Sonnambula, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Alfredo in La Traviata at the Minnesota Opera. Further engagements include Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Graz Opera, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Palace of Bellas Artes in Mexico, a concert at the Great Hall in Moscow and 14 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. León was awarded the first prize of the Vienna International Music Competition in February 2020. His award-winning concert took place on September 2020 at the Wiener Konzerthaus. In 2015 the singer released his debut CD under the title Bel Canto, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Toby Purser and which is now distributed from Opus Arte/Naxos. Furthermore it`s planned the release of his second album in 2020. Past engagements included the roles of Duca in Rigoletto at the Oper im Steinbruch, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Florida Grand Opera, Arturo in I Puritani, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Cavaradossi in Tosca at Grange Park Opera UK, Christmas concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts at the Dubai Opera House, Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the main role in Roméo et Juliette at the Opéra de Nice, Ismael in Nabucco at the Opera de Toulon, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Opera di Firenze, at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste and at the Seoul Arts Centre, Duca in Rigoletto at the Opéra de Nice, the main role in Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House Muscat and Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria. Last updated April 2021 Last update: 2016-11-01 09:35:27 +01:00
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Bio: Mexican tenor living in Vienna, Austria. The mexican tenor Jesús León studied at the UCLA Opera Studio, at the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, at the Boston Opera Institute and was a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy he trained under the guidance of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship. His repertoire includes works from Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Offenbach, Rossini and Verdi, highlighting Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Elvino in La Sonnambula, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pâris in La Belle Hélène, Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La Traviata. His 2018- 2019 season included the roles of Elvino in La Sonnambula, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Alfredo in La Traviata at the Minnesota Opera. Further engagements include Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Graz Opera, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Palace of Bellas Artes in Mexico, a concert at the Great Hall in Moscow and 14 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. León was awarded the first prize of the Vienna International Music Competition in February 2020. His award-winning concert took place on September 2020 at the Wiener Konzerthaus. In 2015 the singer released his debut CD under the title Bel Canto, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Toby Purser and which is now distributed from Opus Arte/Naxos. Furthermore it`s planned the release of his second album in 2020. Past engagements included the roles of Duca in Rigoletto at the Oper im Steinbruch, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Florida Grand Opera, Arturo in I Puritani, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Cavaradossi in Tosca at Grange Park Opera UK, Christmas concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts at the Dubai Opera House, Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the main role in Roméo et Juliette at the Opéra de Nice, Ismael in Nabucco at the Opera de Toulon, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Opera di Firenze, at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste and at the Seoul Arts Centre, Duca in Rigoletto at the Opéra de Nice, the main role in Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House Muscat and Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria. Last updated April 2021 Last update: 2016-11-01 09:35:27 +01:00
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Jesús León
Jesús León
Tenor
Born: April 12, 1976 (Mexico, Sonora)
Full name: Jesús León

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Musically speaking, the cast, orchestra and chorus were on fire. Mexican tenor Jesús León was making his Bellas Artes and role debut as Hoffmann so the stakes were high. After a very solid career in Europe, León proved to be ready to perform the challenging role of Hoffmann. His voice is very lyrical, Italianate in color and projection, with squillo in his secure, blazing high notes. He was very convincing vocally in the lyrical parts of the score, such as the "Ballad of Kleinzach", his declaration of love for Olympia or the difficult “O Dieu de quelle ivresse” in Giulietta’s act. He is one of the few tenors that this critic has heard live that is heard with clarity during the trio of Dr. Miracle, Crespel and Hoffmann, giving a radiant high C at the end of it with no problem. His voice blended very well with his leading ladies (Vitelaru and Velasco) and made a credible portrayal of the tormented poet. A true triumph for León.
Ingrid Hass
“it’s the moving evocations of intense love and sadness in Verdi’s music that make “La Traviata” a masterpiece, and those were beautifully conveyed on opening night by our lovers, American soprano Nicole Cabell and Mexican tenor Jesus Leon. . . While Violetta is usually the center of attention in this opera, Leon’s Alfredo was its charismatic catalyst. He consistently stole scenes, disarmingly open-hearted as he gave each line a wonderful mix of tenderness and effusive passion.” -Pioneer Press
Rob Hubbard

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