International sensation, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz has in recent seasons sung in some of the most important theatres in the world. He has had the honor of being mentored by two of the most important tenors of our time, Plácido Domingo and Ramón Vargas.
Mr. Domingo has been a wonderful influence for Arturo, having discovered Chacón-Cruz in 2001, then granting him the Plácido Domingo scholarship, to continue his studies. He also helped launch his international career, after his success in Domingo’s International Competition “Operalia.”Since, he has been a part of Arturo’s life and career, from sharing the stage in various operas and concerts, as well as having conducted Arturo on several occasions.
Arturo studied voice with Ramón Vargas after winning the “Vargas Pro Opera” grant. Since then, they have become friends, and Arturo continues to hone his musical skills under Maestro Vargas’ tutelage.
In the 2009-2010 he has performed the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with the Opera Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico) and Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), the debut of Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation and the Tenor Solo in Mendelssohn’s Elijah (The Mexico City Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria).
He returned to the Berlin State Opera for his signature role of Rodolfo inLa Bohème, and made his Portland Opera and Cologne (Germany) Opera debuts with the same role in 2009. He also did his Hamburg State Opera debut with the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in November 2009.
We are pleased to announce Arturo’s participation in the prestigious International Arts Festival “Aichi Triennale” in Nagoya, Japan, in September of 2010, where he will the performing one of his favorite roles, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
In the fall of 2006 he appeared at the Washington National Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, a role he had already performed with Houston Grand Opera in two different productions in 2004 and 2005. Subsequently, he made his Italian stage debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, followed by appearances as Rinuccio inGianni Schicchi at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. His Spanish debut was in Valencia where he appeared as Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergeracopposite Plácido Domingo (DVD is available worldwide by Naxos). He added the title role in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette to his repertoire for Michigan Opera Theatre in the spring of 2007. He then was heard at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier as Marcello di Bruges in Donizetti’s Il Duca d’Alba, the recording of which is now available on Amazon.com by Universal Records. Also, you can hear Arturo in Soprano Renee Fleming’s Verismo CD in some tracks as a guest artist.
During the course of the 2007-2008 season, he returned to Washington as Rodolfo in La Bohème, made his LA Opera debut as the tenor soloist for the Verdi Requiem, in honor of Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by renowned tenor Plácido Domingo, returning later in the season as Rodolfo in La Bohème. He sang Rodolfo in La Bohème in Berlin Staatsoper and Ruggero in La Rondine in Venice with the Teatro la Fenice.
To end the season, Arturo Chacón-Cruz sang Alfredo in La traviata and Ruggero in La Rondine for Michigan Opera Theater, made his debut as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, and also made his debut with the Cincinnati Opera in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas.
He also had the honor of performing in a private recital at the Royal Palace “del Pardo” in Madrid for His and Her Majesties the King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain during the official visit of Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to Spain.
In the 2008/09 season, Mr. Chacón-Cruz went back to Washington National Opera for La Traviata, reprised Rodolfo in La Bohème with a new production in Graz, Austria and added the title role in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann to his repertoire for his debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Recently he was acclaimed for his role debut of Faust with the Opera de Montpellier in France. He also did reprise the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Florida Grand Opera.
Mr. Chacón-Cruz has also appeared often in concert. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2002, singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and he returned to Carnegie Hall in 2003 to sing Beethoven’s Mass in C and Charpentier’s Te Deum with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, as well a concert with the New York Pops in 2006. Recently he appeared as the Tenor Solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Colorado Symphony in 2009.
He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as part of the “Summer in the City” concert series in 2004 and in 2005 he sang a concert of Mexican and Spanish music with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
In August 2008 he sang the Tenor Solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano.
Mr. Chacón-Cruz has received many awards, including first place and audience choice award at the 2003 Eleanor McCollum Competition in Houston Grand Opera, winner of New England Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he was also a winner of Operalia 2005 among many other important international distinctions.
He currently makes his home in Boston, with his wife Venetia.