Born in Mexico, Jesús León started his vocal studies with the Cuban tenor Jesús Li. He was a student of the UCLA Opera Studio, the Solti Accademia di bel Canto, the Boston Opera Institute and the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy he trained for two years under the guidance of Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship.
His recent engagements have included Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Arturo I Puritani at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Elvino La sonnambula at the Teatro Filarmonico Verona, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir Les pêcheurs de perles at the Opera of Florence, Teatro Regio Parma, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti Modena and the Korean National Opera, Roméo Roméo et Juliette at Atlanta Opera and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Paris La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
Previous engagements have included Arturo I Puritani for Grange Park Opera, Ernesto Don Pasquale at the Landestheater Innsbruck, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto at the Landestheater Bregenz and Alfredo La traviata for Dijon Opera.
Concert engagements have included performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Spirit of Christmas, New Year’s Eve Gala and New Year’s Day concert), the Orchestra Verdi in Milan (Mozart Requiem) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette).
Current engagements include Nadir Les pêcheurs de perles at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor for Florida Grand Opera, Ismaele Nabucco and The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto at the Opéra de Nice and The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto at the St Margarethen Festival.
His debut recording Bel Canto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Toby Purser is available on Opus Arte CD.
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Arturo: I Puritani / Grange Park Opera
“León was clear and firm and produced a fine rendering of the showpiece “A te o cara”.
“…he sets out to sing bel canto with the poetry that it always ought to have, reaching most of the role’s very high notes with ease.”
The Financial Times
“As Arturo, Jésus León offers sweetness of tone and some extraordinary top notes.”
“As Lord Arturo, the light-voiced Jesús Len negotiated the high-lying vocal line sweetly and truly (the enchanting aria and ensemble “A te, o cara” was one of the evening’s few bright spots), projecting a seraphic resignation appropriate to his Christian name.”
Nadir: Les pêcheurs de perles / Teatro Verdi Trieste
“Mexican tenor Jésus León’s voice may not be large, but his fine technique enables him to conquer the role of Nadir. His beautiful phrasing and colouring of one of the most beautiful passages of the operatic repertoire for tenor, Je crois entendre encore, was enthusiastically received by the public.”
Elvino: La sonnambula / Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado
“His singing is shaped and controlled to perfection and the terrifying high notes written for Giovanni Battisa Rubini, the first Elvino, are all there.”
Elvino: La sonnambula / Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco
“The real star of the evening is of the Elvino of the Mexican tenor Jesús León, skillfully combining fullness of sound with bel canto technique.”
Nadir: Les pêcheurs des perles / Opera di Firenze
“He has great control of the vocal line, managing to phrase with elegance and is secure in the upper register, performing Je crois entendre (in the original key) with great skill in a reading of hypnotic charm.”
Ernesto: Don Pasquale / Tiroler Landestheater, Inssbruck
“The public’s absolute favourite was the Ernesto, sung by the Mexican Jesús León, performing with consummate charm and with a tenor voice to make every heart beat faster.”
Der neue Merker
Roméo: Roméo et Juliette / Atlanta Opera
“Tenor Jesús Leon makes a strong Atlanta Opera debut as Romeo; his wonderfully bell-like tenor tones sound as invitingly clear on the final notes as they do at the opening.”
Don Ottavio: Don Giovanni / Garsington Opera at Wormsley
“…elegantly sung by Jesús León.”
“…the vocal splendour of Joshua Bloom’s Leporello is nicely complemented by Jesús León’s sweet tenor as Don Ottavio…”
“…sung sweetly by the Mexican Jesús León.”
“As the put-upon Ottavio, Mexican Jesús León, dressed in suit and tie showing some aristocratic class, acted his role well; his light tenor was mellifluous in its phrasing and even in tone.”
Seen and Heard International
“Jesús León stands out for his Italiante Ottavio.”
Duke of Mantua: Rigoletto / Vorarlberger Landestheater
“Jesús León (The Duke) has already established himself in Bregenz as a fine interpreter of Verdi, an impression only strengthened by yesterday’s success.”
Alfredo: La traviata / Opéra de Dijon
“The Mexican Jesús León is a young and credible Alfredo, personable, with sure stage sense, a beautiful vocal line and a high C proudly held at the end of the cabaletta: a young singer to be remembered.”
Alfredo: La traviata / West Bay Opera
“Jesús León, who sang Violetta’s passionate and impulsive lover, Alfredo Germont, has a lovely tenor voice, consistent in its clarity and intonation.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
Bel Canto / Opus Arte CD
‘There’s nothing like a tenor strutting his stuff; and it’s all there when the young Mexican Jesús León tackles ‘Amici miei’.’ León leaps up to that closing trio of top notes with all the swaggering confidence of the young Pavarotti who made this a signature aria at the beginning of his career.’
BBC Music Magazine