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Scarpia in Tosca, Atlanta Opera
October 5, 8, 11, 13, 2013
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Scarpia in Tosca, Opera Santa Barbara
November 8, 10, 2013
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Marcello in La Boheme, Opera de Bellas Artes
November 14, 17, 2013
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Title role in Macbeth, Palm Beach Opera
January 25, 2014
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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Guadalajara Symphony
February 14, 16, 2014
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Popera!, Opera Tampa
February 21, 23, 2014
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Marcello in La boheme, Semperoper Dresden
July 1, 2014
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Escamillo in Carmen, Finger Lakes Opera
August 8, 10 2014
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Luis Ledesma

Baritone

Luis Ledesma has established himself as an international singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts.  Born in Mexico City, his career advanced in Europe and in the United States (where he is now a citizen) after a young artist residency at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and after winning several competitions, including the Pavarotti International Voice Competition and Julian Gayarre Competition in Spain. Next up, Luis performs the title role of Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Santa Barbara and Atlanta Opera; and Marcello in La Boheme with Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico.

His career already includes appearances in several International Opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohème), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Leoncavallo’s La bohème), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo in Carmen), Semperoper in Dresden (Marcello in La bohème), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello in La bohème), Macau Festival (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly),  Graz Oper (Escamillo in Carmen), Marcello in La Boheme in Lisbon, Portugal (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos), and the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo in Carmen).

 

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…embodiment of the operatic villain…
Tosca - The coveted baritone role of Baron Scarpia went to Mexican singer Luis Ledesma, who portrayed it with vocal and dramatic efficiency. In Act II, he was able to offer a darker interpretation of the role, one closer to this embodiment of the operatic villain that we love to hate. Ledesma delivered through the most demanding vocal challenge of deafening blasting cannons, an orchestra engaged with power, and the adult and children’s choruses singing at full voice the undisputedly grandiose and immortal ‘Te Deum’ at the end of Act I. This powerful scene was one of those moments that makes us lose sense of time and space. A poignant accomplishment, not only for the intrinsic beauty and power of Puccini’s composition, but, in this case, for the fluid confluence of all live elements to memorably recreate, once more, this outstanding instance in music.”The Examiner 
…voice is sublime…
 Andrea Chenier - “Baritone Luis Ledesma is Gérard. His voice is sublime and his presence is pervasive. You can feel his character looming over the proceedings even when he’s not onstage. Gérard’s struggle with his conscience in Act III’s “Nemico della patria” in Ledesma’s sure hands is one of this wonderful production’s highlights.” – The Tennessean 
…a formidable presence…
Lucia di Lammermoor - “Lucia’s brother Enrico, marvelously performed by baritone Luis Ledesma, has nefarious plans to exploit his sister — and he does, with predictably tragic results. Ledesma’s vocal power, evident in last season’s “Andréa Chénier,” has not diminished. Ledesma is a formidable presence, and his scenes with the faithful Raimondo (Mark McCrory), Lucia’s spiritual adviser, often suggest a force of nature unleashed.”– Press-Register
…mahogany-toned voice, excellent Italian…
Aida - “The most satisfying performance came from baritone Luis Ledesma in the role of Amonastro, Aida’s father. His mahogany-toned voice, excellent Italian and riveting stage presence anchored every scene he was in, often with small gestures that gave insight into a father’s torment.”The Kansas City Star
…riveting presence…
Carmen - “Luis Ledesma was a fine Escamillo. His dark good looks added to his convincing performance…With a fine baritone voice and a riveting presence, his matador seemed like a rock star, followed by his fawning groupies.”Classical Music Broadcast.com
…rich but well-controlled baritone…
Tosca - “This year’s Tosca saw many company debuts — all of the principals, save Luis Ledesma, who commanded the stage with a rich but well-controlled baritone as a Scarpia convincingly devious, yet not hammy. When Ledesma looked at his Tosca, Erika Sunnegårdh, he was Scarpia, conquering the diva with his eyes. Their Act II scene together was magnificent. The struggle was well timed and believable.”Opera News
…firm, attractive baritone…
Don Giovanni - “Luis Ledesma made an effective Giovanni. He has the dark Latin looks and commands the firm, attractive baritone right for this role.”Opera Magazine
Composer Opera Role
Bellini Beatrice di Tenda Filippo Maria Visconti
I Puritani Riccardo
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Les Pecheurs des Perles Zurga
Donizetti La Favorita Alphonse XI
Lucia di Lammermoor Enrico
L’Elisir d’Amore Belcore
Don Pasquale Malatesta
Giordano Andrea Chenier Gerard
Gounod Faust Valentin
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Tonio, Silvio
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
Le nozze di Figaro Il Conte
Cosi fan tutte Guglielmo
Puccini La bohème Marcello
La fanciulla del West Jack Rance
Madama Butterfly Sharpless
Tosca Scarpia
Il Tabarro Michele
Ravel L’heure espagnole Ramiro
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
La Cenerentola Dandini
Saint-Saens Samson and Dalila Grand Pretre
Verdi Aida Amonasro
Attila Ezio
Don Carlo Rodrigo
Ernani Ernani
Luisa Miller Miller
Falstaff Ford
Il Trovatore Conte di Luna
La traviata Germont
Macbeth Macbeth
Nabucco Nabucco
Rigoletto Rigoletto
Simon Boccanegra Simon
Un ballo in maschera Renato
Luis Ledesma has established himself as an international singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts.  Born in Mexico City, his career advanced in Europe and in the United States (where he is now a citizen) after a young artist residency at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and after winning several competitions, including the Pavarotti International Voice Competition and Julian Gayarre Competition in Spain. Next up, Luis performs the title role of Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Santa Barbara and Atlanta Opera; and Marcello in La Boheme with Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico.

His career already includes appearances in several International Opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohème), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Leoncavallo’s La bohème), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo in Carmen), Semperoper in Dresden (Marcello in La bohème), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello in La bohème), Macau Festival (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly),  Graz Oper (Escamillo in Carmen), Marcello in La Boheme in Lisbon, Portugal (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos), and the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo in Carmen).

Recent North American engagements include the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Sacramento Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Anchorage Opera; Escamillo in Carmen and Germont in La Traviata at Bellas Artes in Mexico City; Tonio in Pagliacci for Opera Lyra Ottawa; and a return to Michigan Opera Theatre for Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci. Other performances in North America included Carmen as Escamillo (Arizona Opera, Manitoba Opera, and The Orlando Philharmonic); Gerard in Andrea Chenier for Nashville Opera; Valentin in Faust for Hawaii Opera and Fresno Grand Opera; the title role of Rigoletto for Florentine Opera; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del west with L’opera de Montreal; Germont in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; and Scarpia in Tosca for Arizona Opera and Nashville Opera.

As a concert artist, Mr. Ledesma has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Faure Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently, he sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Oviedo, Spain; made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Faure Requiem followed by a return engagement for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; sang the baritone solo in Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra; and performed in a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie in addition to a Verdi gala concert held in Die Alte Oper Frankfurt.

Mr. Ledesma also sang two tours with Andrea Bocelli, performing in famous venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida, and the Auditorio Nacional Mexico City.  Mr. Ledesma frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini and Verdi in addition to performing the important bel canto roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. His growing repertoire includes many roles in the French repertoire and has extended to the verismo composers such as Leoncavallo and Giordano.

 

 

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