Bel Canto CD
01 May 2015 | Classical

Biography

Leon Catania Headshot-5-ppMexican tenor Jesús León started his vocal studies with the Cuban tenor Jesús Li. He was a student of the UCLA Opera Studio, the Solti Accademia di bel Canto, the Boston Opera Institute and the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy he trained for two years under the guidance of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who grant him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship.

His recent engagements have included Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at the Atlanta Opera and at the ROH Muscat for the Monte Carlo Opera, Arturo in I Puritani at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Elvino in La Sonnambula at Teatro Filarmonico Verona, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Opera of Florence, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Korea National Opera Seoul, Daegu Opera House and Pâris in La Belle Hélène at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

Past operatic performances include Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Bregenz Landestheater, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Innsbruck Landestheater, Alfredo in La Traviata at Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, Theatre Caen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival and Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan in Berlin.

His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve gala, New Year’s concert), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan (Mozart Requiem) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette).

Among his future engagements Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at the Nice Opera and at the St. Margarethen Festival and the debut as Ismael in Nabucco at the Opera de Nice.

His debut recording Bel Canto with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including arias by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi, has just been released by Opus Arte. Previews can be listen to on this page under Music.

* Last updated on October 2016.