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.
He also performed 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. He also performed Il barbiere di Siviglia at Austin Lyric Opera and in Essen.
He opened the 2016/17 season performing as Peppe in I Pagliacci at Teatro Regio di Torino under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, followed by La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) at Opéra de Limoges and at Opéra National de Paris.
Among his future plans are La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) in Düsseldorf and at Opéra de Montreal, La Sonnambula (Elvino) in Stuttgart, Il turco in Italia (Don Narciso) at Opera Australia in Sydney, Il viaggio a Reims in Graz, Capriccio (Tenore Italiano) al Teatro Real de Madrid, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il turco in Italia at Opera de Bilbao.
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.