Jesús León | Tenor
Jesús León’s Duca di Mantua has been described as “impeccable,” his Edgardo “exquisite,” and his Nadir “clear and delicate.”
Recipient of the Mirella Freni & Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship and winner of the 2020 Vienna International Music Competition, Vienna-based Mexican tenor Jesús León has performed with leading companies internationally.
With his unmistakable vocal timbre Jesús León’s recent engagements include his role and company debut as Arnold in William Tell with Irish National Opera, Nadir in Les Pecheurs de perles at Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra under its chief Domingo Hyndoyan being broadcast on BBC Radio and an extensive tour of Italian gala concerts with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In January 2024 he participates in the Gala VIVA VERDI! at Isarphilharmonie München under the baton of Andrea Sanguineti.
León’s past operatic highlights include Romeo in Romeo et Juliette (Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte-Carlo, Opéra Nice, Opera Graz), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florida Grand Opera), Elvino in Sonnambula (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Teatro Filarmonico Verona), Ismaele in Nabucco (Opéra Nice, Opéra Toulon), Alfredo in Traviata (Minnesota Opera), Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Seoul Arts Centre), Duca di Mantua (San Francisco Opera, Opéra Nice). At Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico he further performed Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Cortes in Montezuma.
His notable concert activities have taken him to some of UK’s most prestigious concert halls such as Royal Albert, Birmingham Symphony, Barbican and Wigmore performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London (Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Popular Classical Gala Shows) as well as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Christmas & New Year’s Concerts). With the Orchestra Verdi Milano León has appeared in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem as well as the Requiem by Mozart.
Release projects include two BEL CANTO albums with Opus Arte/Naxos accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the second one just recently recorded in 2022.
Jésus Leon studied at UCLA Opera Studio, at the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto as well as the Boston Opera Institute and was an alumni of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at LA Opera.