Jesús León, Tenor


Mexican tenor 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 the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship.

His recent engagements have included Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at the Atlanta Opera and at the ROH Muscat for the Monte Carlo Opera, Arturo in I Puritani at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Elvino in La Sonnambula at Teatro Filarmonico Verona, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Opera of Florence, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Korea National Opera Seoul, Daegu Opera House and Pâris in La Belle Hélène at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

Past operatic performances include Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Bregenz Landestheater, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Innsbruck Landestheater, Alfredo in La Traviata at Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, Theatre Caen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival and Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan in Berlin.

His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve gala, New Year’s concert), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan (Mozart Requiem) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette).

Among his future engagements Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at the Nice Opera and at the St. Margarethen Festival and the debut as Ismael in Nabucco at the Opera de Nice.

His debut recording Bel Canto with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including arias by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi, has just been released by Opus Arte.

* Last updated on October 2016.


Please note: This repertoire list is for reference only. The choice of repertoire for a particular project remains at the artist’s discretion.

Opera Roles

Gaetano Donizetti


Giacomo Puccini


Giuseppe Verdi


Vincenzo Bellini


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Carl Orff

Carmina Burana
LA TRAVIATA - Bregenz Opera
Mon, 2013-02-25
Her partner (of Violetta-Tatajarina Larina), the good-looking Mexican Alfredo Jesús León, a "Sunnyboy" of the opera scene, is finally a tenor whose vocal health one has not to be feared, when produces its acute as in Cabaletta doubled in the longer version of the original choice. Even his speech is impeccable, his stage presence natural and constant. Fritz Jurmann
LA TRAVIATA - Bregenz Opera
Neue Vorarlberger
Mon, 2013-02-25
"Her lover Alfredo is the Mexican Jesús León who is likewise outstanding. His tenor voice is - rare amongst young tenors - smooth in all registers up to the high notes and an entrancing sound. Anna Mika
LA TRAVIATA - Bregenz Opera
Vorarlberger Nachrichten
Mon, 2013-02-25
The young Mexican tenor Jesús León with his secure radiant hight, which he shows as Alfredo, will be talked about in the international opera world. Regarding the love scene he . Berührend in den Liebesszenen, he manages to make the pain he inflicts on his father plausible. Christa Dietrich
LA TRAVIATA - Bregenz Opera
Schwäbishe Zeitung
Mon, 2013-02-25
The cast is a dream team with the Georgian soprano Tatiana Larina and the Mexican tenor Jesús León. Every emotion is reflected in their acting as well as in their perfectly matching voices. In close intimacy Alfredo's devotion meets Violetta's flighty replies. Christel Voith
DON GIOVANNI - Garsington
Sat, 2012-06-30
The other male roles were also well sung and acted, particularly Jesus Leon as Don Ottavio, whose rendition of the lovely 'Il mio tesoro' aria was one of the high points of the opera. William Hartston
DON GIOVANNI - Garsington
The Guardian
Sat, 2012-06-30
Don Ottavio, elegantly sung by Jesús León . . . Fiona Maddocks
DON GIOVANNI - Garsington
The Stage
Sat, 2012-06-30
. . and Jesus Leon stands out for his Italianate Ottavio Edward Bhesania
DON GIOVANNI - Garsington
The Independent
Sat, 2012-06-30
. . . the vocal splendour of Joshua Blooms Leporello is nicely complemented by Jesus Leons sweet tenor as Don Ottavio; Michael Church
DON GIOVANNI - Garsington
Sat, 2012-06-30
Jesús León coped well with all he had to do as Ottavio and sang a commendable 'Il mio Tesoro' which is no mean feat even when your character is not faced with sullen companions. Melanie Eskenazi
Cavaradossi/TOSCA - Cadogan Hall
Thu, 2011-09-22
Id heard of the Mexican tenor Jesús León, but not heard him. He was certainly worth the wait. His Cavaradossi gripped from the very first, and he established a thrilling chemistry with both Tosca and Scarpia. Recondita armonia was seductively abandoned and lyrical, he was superbly dramatic and realistic in the horrors of Act Two, and sang an E lucevan to die for. His voice is even, with a terrific, flexible top, and hes a good, and good-looking, actor. Peter Reed
Der Opernfreund
Sun, 2011-05-08
Full of cheerful joy of acting such we experienced the Mexican Tenor Jesus Leon in the part of Riccardo with plenty of sweetness and a suppressed lacrima nella voce, a voice with a homogeneous color and secure high tessitura. For once the tenor was not the weakness of the show, but one of its very strengths. Ingrid Wanja
Cavaradossi/TOSCA - Derry
BBC Music Magazine
Tue, 2011-03-01
Mexican tenor Jesús León (also making his Tosca debut) sang (in English) Lucevan le stelle in this grimly foreboding setting, revealing a voice with a ringingly supple top end and lean, strikingly photogenic features. Terry Blain
I PURITANI - Grange Park Opera
The Telegraph
Sat, 2013-06-01
As Lord Arturo, the light-voiced Jesus Leon negotiated the high-lying vocal line sweetly and truly (the enchanting aria and ensemble A te, o cara was one of the evenings few bright spots), projecting a seraphic resignation appropriate to his Christian name. Rupert Christiansen
I PURITANI - Grange Park Opera
The Guardian
Sun, 2013-06-02
As Arturo, Jésus León offers sweetness of tone and some extraordinary top notes. George Hall
I PURITANI - Grange Park Opera
The Bachtrack
Sat, 2013-06-01
Elviras beloved Arturo was sung by Jesus Leon, who has an attractive, flexible light tenor voice. Leon was clear and firm and produced a fine rendering of the showpiece A te o cara. David Karlin
I PURITANI - Grange Park Opera
Planet Hugill
Mon, 2013-06-10
I Puritani is an opera notorious for the face that the vocal demands of the tenor role, Arturo, are as demanding as that of the soprano. The role sits naturally very high and includes the famous high F (in act 3). Mexican tenor Jesus Leon was clearly equal to the challenge. He has a flexible lyric voice and seemed remarkably relaxed about the role's tessitura. His voice isn't large, but he brought to the role a lovely control and flexibility, with enough resource to colour and shape the music. His duet with Rutter in act 3 was rightly one of the climaxes of the evening. Robert Hugill
Exciting Alfredo
Sat, 2012-01-28
"His velvet vibrato, controlled by a well developed technique, his refusal of all exaggeration in an admirable flow, his impressive control of his breathing when he begins the famous "de bollenti spiriti". All this makes this young singer one of the most exciting Alfredos of this time". Emmanuel Andrieu
LA TRAVIATA - Dijon Opera
Sat, 2012-01-28
"Mexican Jesús León is a youthful and credible Alfredo; elegant, a fine sense of stage appearance, a strong and beautiful voice. The ending note of the cabaletta was sung and held with audacity. Here is a young singer whose name deserves to be noticed and remembered. Jean-Marcel Humbert
LA TRAVIATA - Dijon Opera
Le Bien Public
Sat, 2012-01-28
"Mexican tenor Jesús Léon interprets and portrays excellently the juvenile zeal, the tenderness and even the laziness of Alfredo". Isabelle Truchon
Press Service