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 studied at the UCLA Opera Studio, the Solti Accademia di bel Canto, the Boston Opera Institute and on the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He trained for two years in Italy under the guidance of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who grant him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship.

León’s engagements in the 2017-18 season include Duca Rigoletto (Oper im Steinbruch), Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor (Florida Grand Opera, christmas concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and his role debut as Ismael Nabucco (Opéra de Nice and Opera de Toulon).

León’s engagements in the 2017-17 season include Nadir Les pêcheurs de peerles (Opera di Firenze, Teatro Verdi di Trieste and Seoul Arts Centre), Il Duca Rigoletto (Opéra de Nice), Roméo Roméo et Juliette (Royal Opera House Muscat) and Elvino La Sonnambula (Teatro Filarmonico Verona).

Other recent engagements have included Roméo Roméo et Juliette (Atlanta Opera), Arturo I Puritani (Maggio Musicale Florentine in Florence), Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania), Elvino La Sonnambula (Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna), Nadir Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera di Firenze, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Korea National Opera Seoul and Daegu Opera House), Pâris La Belle Hélène (Chatelet Theatre in Paris), Ernesto Don Pasquale (Innsbruck Landestheater), Alfredo La Traviata (Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, Theatre Caen) and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival.

León is also an active concert performer and has perfomed with 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).

His debut recording Bel Canto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including arias by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi, was released in 2015 by Opus Arte.

* Last updated on September 2017.