Luis Ledesma

Baritone

Luis Ledesma has established himself as a singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts. His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La boheme), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Leoncavallo’s La boheme), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo inCarmen), Semperoper in Dresden (Marcello in La boheme), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello in La boheme), Macau Festival (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly), and Graz Oper (Escamillo in Carmen).

In the United States, Mr. Ledesma has sung with many companies, including Houston Grand Opera and Portland Opera (Escamillo in Carmen), Indiana and Connecticut Opera (Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni), Opera Pacific (La bohemeand Carmen), Palm Beach Opera (Scarpia in Tosca), Opera Carolina (Tonio in I pagliacci), Memphis Opera (Scarpia in Tosca and the High Priest in Samson and Dalila), Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera.

Mr. Ledesma frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini and Verdi in addition to performing the important bel canto roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. His growing repertoire includes many roles in the French repertoire and has extended to the verismo composers such as Leoncavallo and Giordano.

In the 2008-2009 season opened with Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West with L’Opera de Montreal, Germont in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera, EnricoLucia di Lammermoor with Mobile Opera. Upcoming engagements include Marcello in Lisbon, Portugal (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos), Scarpia with Arizona Opera, Valentin in Fresno, and Lucia (2009) and Carmen (2010) with the Savonlinna Festival. In addition, he will return to San Antonio for Sharpless and to Nashville Opera for Scarpia and will sing Escamillo with New Jersey Opera and Madison Opera. The spring of 2010 features Rigoletto with Florentine Opera.

In the 2007-2008 season, engagements included Marcello (La boheme) with Madison Opera, Gerard in Andrea Chenier for Mobile Opera, Scarpia (Tosca) for San Antonio Opera and Escamillo (Carmen) for Austin Opera (inaugurating their new opera house).

Additionally as a concert artist, Mr. Ledesma has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire, including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’sCoronation Mass, Faure Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently he sang Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra and a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilarmonie.