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Luis Ledesma

Baritone

Luis Ledesma is an established international singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts.  Born in Mexico City, his career advanced in Europe and in the United States after a young artist residency at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and winning several competitions, including the Pavarotti International Voice Competition and Julian Gayarre Competition in Spain. This season, Mr. Ledesma will make his role début as Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas with New York City Opera, perform Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, and reprise the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera. He will also sing “Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre,” from Carmen with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jun
2016

Jun-22
to
Jun-26
Florencia en el Amazonas
Alvaro
New York City Opera Renaissance
New York, NY
Oct
2016

Oct-18
to
Nov-01
“Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre,” from Carmen
Soloist
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia, PA
Jan
2017

Jan-27
to
Jan-29
Madama Butterfly
Sharpless
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach, FL
May
2017

May-06
to
May-07
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Figaro
Opera San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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…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
Luis Ledesma is an established international singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts.  Born in Mexico City, his career advanced in Europe and in the United States after a young artist residency at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and winning several competitions, including the Pavarotti International Voice Competition and Julian Gayarre Competition in Spain. This season, Mr. Ledesma will make his role début as Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas with New York City Opera, perform Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, and reprise the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera. He will also sing “Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre,” from Carmen with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses. Some notable international engagements include roles such as Alphonse in La favorite and Riccardo in I puritani with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Marcello in La bohème with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Semperoper Dresden, and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos; Escamillo in Carmen with Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Oper Graz, and Savonlinna Opera Festival; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Festival Internacional de Música de Macau; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Savonlinna Opera Festival; Tonio in Pagliacci and Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with Hungarian State Opera in Budapest; and productions of Luisa Fernanda with Teatro alla Scala and Leoncavallo’s La bohème with Festival KlangBogen Wein in Austria.

North American engagements include the title role in Macbeth and the role of Marcello in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara; Tonio in Pagliacci for Opera Lyra Ottawa and Michigan Opera Theatre; Escamillo in Carmen for Arizona Opera, Manitoba Opera, and The Orlando Philharmonic; Gerard in Andrea Chenier for Nashville Opera; Valentin in Faust for Hawaii Opera, Opera Naples, and Fresno Grand Opera; the title role of Rigoletto for Florentine Opera; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del west with Opéra de Montréal; Germont in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; and created the role of Augustino in the world première of Pepe Martinez’ newly commissioned mariachi opera El Pasado nunca se termina with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera.

As a concert artist, Mr. Ledesma performs a variety of orchestral repertoire and at a variety of esteemed concert venues. After making his début with Carnegie Hall with a performance of Fauré’s Requiem, he performed Dvořák’s Te Deum. Other concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Guadalajara Symphony in Oviedo, Spain; Orff’s Carmina Burana with Louisville Orchestra; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; and a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with The NDR Radiophilharmonie in addition to a Verdi gala concert held at 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.

 

 

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