Juan José De León
Area of competence
Born in Texas in 1984, “resident artist” at Pittsburgh Opera for two consecutive years, where he performed as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), he has rapidly emerged as one of the best belcanto tenors of his generation.
During the 2014-2015 season he made his Teatro alla Scala debut perfoming in two subsequent productions: Lucia di Lammmermoor (Lord Arturo) and I Pagliacci (Beppe). Recent company debuts also include his Wiener Staatsoper debut as Conte di Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi, his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Italian Tenor (Capriccio) and his New York MET debut taking part in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Recent engagements also include Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte d’Almaviva) at The New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, at Terme di Caracalla in Rome, at Arena di Verona and in Palma de Mallorca, and La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) in Stuttgart.
He opened the 2015/16 season making his much awaited Opéra National de Paris debut as Italian Tenor in Capriccio by R. Strauss, followed by his company debut with Opera Australia in Sydney as Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Among his future plans are Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte d’Almaviva) and La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) at Opéra National de Paris, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte di Almaviva) at Austin Lyric Opera and in Essen, La fille du regèment (Tonio) at Washington Opera and at Opéra de Toulon, Semiramide (Idreno) at Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) in Limoges, L’italiana in Algeri (Lindoro) at Opéra de Montreal, La Sonnambula (Elvino) and La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) in Stuttgart, Il viaggio a Reims (Libenskof) at Opera Australia in Sydeney and Melbourne.
An award winning tenor, he was a National Semi-Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011. Other accolades include 1st prize in The Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, 2nd Prize, The Sergio Franchi Prize, and Critic’s Choice Prize in The Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, 3rd Prize in The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, , 2nd Prize and Audience Favorite in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, and 3rd Prize from the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Mr. de León holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of North Texas.