Mexican tenor Jesús León’s Duke has been described as “impeccable,” his Edgardo “exquisite,” and his Nadir “clear and delicate.” His 2017-2018 season includes Il Duca in Rigoletto with Oper im Steinbruch, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Florida Grand Opera, Christmas concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts at the Dubai Opera House, Elvino in La sonnambula with Staatstheater Stuttgart, the title role in Roméo et Juliette with Opéra de Nice, and Ismael in Nabucco with Opera de Toulon. Upcoming engagements have him returning to the United States as Alfredo in La Traviata, starring alongside soprano Nicole Cabell.
Recent engagements have included the title role in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera, Arturo in I puritani with Maggio Musicale Florentine in Florence, Tebaldo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi with Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Elvino in La sonnambula with Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara, and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera di Firenze, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Korea National Opera Seoul, and Daegu Opera House, Pâris in La belle Hélène with the Châtelet Theatre in Paris, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Innsbruck Landestheater, Alfredo in La Traviata with Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, and Theatre Caen, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival. Mr. 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 as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He then trained for two years in Italy under the guidance of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship.