“Javier Camarena continues a brilliant run of bel canto performances in New York…Mr. Camarena is melting and nuanced, clarion in coloratura, his sound sunny and earnest. There’s no one better.”—The New York Times
Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, one of the foremost Mozart and bel canto interpreters of our time, is a favorite of opera audiences at the world’s major opera houses. In 2016, singing Ernesto in Don Pasquale, he became only the second singer in Metropolitan Opera history to perform encores in multiple productions at the house, following his 2014 triumph as Ramiro in La cenerentola. Camarena has starred at many prestigious European theaters, among them the major companies of Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Vienna, and London. Having debuted at the Zürich Opera House in 2007, Camarena has sung 15 productions there to date. In 2011 he made his Met debut as Rossini’s Count Almaviva, which has since become a signature role, along with the same composer’s Don Ramiro and Count Ory; Mozart’s Belmonte and Ferrando; Bellini’s Elvino; Donizetti’s Nemorino and Arturo; and Verdi’s Fenton. He has made acclaimed recital debuts at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Camarena has recorded three solo discs for Sony Classics and numerous operatic DVD/Blu-ray releases, the latter including operas performed in Zürich (Così fan tutte, Falstaff, Le comte Ory, Rossini’s Otello), Salzburg (Die entführung aus dem Serail, Falstaff), and Madrid (I puritani). The tenor has also recorded Gounod’s La Colombe under Sir Mark Elder and Schubert and Mozart masses under Claudio Abbado. From 2013 to 2016 Lideres Mexicanos included Camarena in their list of Mexico’s most prominent leaders, and in the 2014/2015 Season, Quién magazine named him as one of 50 leaders transforming the nation.