BACK TO  SINGERS I OUR ARTISTS

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.  His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Festival Internacional de Música de Macau, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, and Savonlinna Opera Festival.

 

Sep
2014

Sep-27
to
Oct-11
I Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana
Tonio/Alfio
Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Nov
2014

Nov-30
Carmen
Escamillo
Ópera de Bellas Artes
Mexico City, Mexico
Jan
2015

Jan-16
to
Jan-18
La boheme
Marcello
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach, FL
Mar
2015

Mar-13
to
Mar-29
El Pasado Nunca Se Termina
Augustino
Lyric Opera Chicago
Chicago, IL
Apr
2015

Apr-25
El Pasado Nunca Se Termina
Augustino
San Diego Opera
San Diego, CA
Please click below to see full quote

…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 Sir Riccardo Forth
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Les pêcheurs de perles Zurga
Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Belcore
La favorite Alphonse XI
Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton
Giordano Andrea Chénier Carlo Gérard
Gounod Faust Valentin
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio, Silvio
Mozart Don Giovanni Title role
Le nozze di Figaro Il Conte
Puccini La bohème Marcello
La fanciulla del West Jack Rance
Madama Butterfly Sharpless
Il tabarro Michele
Tosca Scarpia
Ravel L’heure espagnole Ramiro
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
La Cenerentola Dandini
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila High Priest of Dagon
Verdi Aïda Amonasro
Attila Ezio
Un ballo in maschera Renato
Don Carlo Rodrigo
Ernani Title role
Luisa Miller Miller
Falstaff Ford
Macbeth Title role
Nabucco Title role
Rigoletto Title role
Simon Boccanegra Title role
La traviata Giorgio Germont
Il trovatore Count di Luna
Composer Work  
Beethoven Ninth Symphony
Brahms Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Mendelssohn Elijah
Orff Carmina Burana
Rutter Mass of the Children
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, Luis performs Escamillo in Carmen at Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico; Tonio in Pagliacci and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with Hungarian State Opera in Budapest; Marcello in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera; and will create the role of Augustino in the world première of Pepe Martinez’s newly commissioned mariachi opera El Pasado which will have performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and on tour in San Diego.

His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite,Riccardo in I puritani, and Marcello in La bohème), KlangBogen Wien in Austria (Leoncavallo’s La bohème), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo in Carmen), Semperoper Dresden (Marcello in La bohème), Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello in La bohème, Escamillo in Carmen, and Germont in La traviata), Festival Internacional de Música de Macau (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly),  Oper Graz (Escamillo in Carmen), Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Marcello in La bohème), and Savonlinna Opera Festival (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo in Carmen).

North American engagements include the title role in Macbeth 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; and Germont in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre.

As a concert artist, Mr. Ledesma has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently, he sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Oviedo, Spain and with the Guadalajara Symphony; made his Carnegie Hall début in Fauré’s 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 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.

 

Share this