Luis Ledesma is an established international singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts. Born in Mexico City, his career advanced in Europe and in the United States after a young artist residency at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and winning several competitions, including the Pavarotti International Voice Competition and Julian Gayarre Competition in Spain.
In recent seasons, Luis performed Escamillo in Carmen at Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico; Tonio in Pagliacci and Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with Hungarian State Opera in Budapest; Marcello in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera; Dvořák’s Te Deum at Carnegie Hall; and created the role of Augustino in the world première of Pepe Martinez’s newly commissioned mariachi opera El Pasado nunca se termina which will have performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and on tour in San Diego with San Diego Opera. This season’s engagements include an appearance as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Opera San Antonio. In future seasons, Ledesma will return to Palm Beach Opera.
His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses, including Luisa Fernanda at Teatro alla Scala, Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani, and Marcello in La bohème at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Leoncavallo’s La bohème at Festival KlangBogen Wien in Austria, Escamillo in Carmen at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Marcello in La bohème at Semperoper Dresden, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Marcello in La bohème, Escamillo in Carmen, and Germont in La traviata at Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Festival Internacional de Música de Macau, Escamillo in Carmen at Oper Graz, Marcello in La bohème at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo in Carmen Savonlinna Opera Festival.
North American engagements include the title role in Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara; Tonio in Pagliacci for Opera Lyra Ottawa and Michigan Opera Theatre; Escamillo in Carmen for Arizona Opera, Manitoba Opera, and The Orlando Philharmonic; Gerard in Andrea Chenier for Nashville Opera; Valentin in Faust for Hawaii Opera, Opera Naples, and Fresno Grand Opera; the title role of Rigoletto for Florentine Opera; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del west with Opéra de Montréal; and Germont in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre.
As a concert artist, Mr. Ledesma performs a variety of orchestral repertoire including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently, he sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Oviedo, Spain and with the Guadalajara Symphony; made his Carnegie Hall début in Fauré’s Requiem followed by a return engagement for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; sang the baritone solo in Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra; and performed in a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with The NDR Radiophilharmonie in addition to a Verdi gala concert held at Alte Oper Frankfurt. Mr. Ledesma also sang two tours with Andrea Bocelli, performing in famous venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida, and the Auditorio Nacional Mexico City.