Luis Ledesma

Luis Ledesma

Mexican American baritone Luis Ledesma has established a reputation as a “rich and well controlled baritone” (Opera News). He frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini, Verdi and the bel canto masters as well as roles in recent new works in Spanish including Florencia en el Amazonas and El pasado nunca se termina. Recent seasons include US debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera and a return to NYCO Opera.

Recent engagements include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Omaha and Pacific Symphony, Augustino in El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera, Carmina Burana with the Acadiana Symphony, and the title role of Macbeth with Syracuse Opera. This season, Mr. Ledesma will be seen performing the role of Payador in Astor Piazzola’s opera Maria de Buenos Aires with Kentucky Opera. Last season, Lusi returned to Opera Colorado as Scarpia in Tosca and performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Nov 11
to
Nov 13
Maria de Buenos Aires
Payador
Kentucky Opery
Louisville, KY

Artist Bio

Mexican American baritone Luis Ledesma has established a reputation as a “rich and well controlled baritone” (Opera News). He frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini, Verdi and the bel canto masters as well as roles in recent new works in Spanish including Florencia en el Amazonas and El pasado nunca se termina. Recent seasons include US debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera and a return to NYCO Opera.

Recent engagements include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Omaha and Pacific Symphony, Augustino in El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera, Carmina Burana with the Acadiana Symphony, and the title role of Macbeth with Syracuse Opera. This season, Mr. Ledesma will be seen performing the role of Payador in Astor Piazzola’s opera Maria de Buenos Aires with Kentucky Opera. Last season, Lusi returned to Opera Colorado as Scarpia in Tosca and performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera.

In the United States, Mr. Ledesma has sung with many companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera,  Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Anchorage Opera, Santo Domingo, Madison Opera, Nashville Opera, Portland Opera, Indianapolis and Connecticut Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Carolina, Memphis Opera, San Antonio Opera, New Jersey Opera,  Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, and Hawaii Opera.  He 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.

Mr. Ledesma made his Carnegie Hall debut in Faure’s Requiem and returned for Dvorak’s Te Deum. He has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Mann Music Center with both The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire including Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra, a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, and a Verdi concert presented in Die Alte Oper Frankfurt. He also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Filarmonica de Jalisco, and Gala concerts with Tampa Opera and Festival Cultural Zacatecas, as well as a solo recital with Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. Concert performances include La bohème (Marcello) at the Vail Festival and the Mann Music Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel’s Messiah in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias.

Updated July 24, 2022

Audio Samples

Audio Sample "Nemico della patria"

Video

“Il balen del suo sorriso” from Il trovatore

Press

"Luis Ledesma used his rich voice to wheel and deal" – BroadwayWorld

Gianni Schicchi – "As the title character, baritone Luis Ledesma used his rich voice to wheel and deal his way through the plot--and get his way at the end."

"...you can feel his character looming over the proceedings even when he’s not onstage..." – The Tennessean

Andrea Chénier – “Baritone Luis Ledesma is Gérard. His voice is sublime and his presence is pervasive. You can feel his character looming over the proceedings even when he’s not onstage. Gérard’s struggle with his conscience in Act III’s “Nemico della patria” in Ledesma’s sure hands is one of this wonderful production’s highlights.”

"...commanded the stage with a rich but well-controlled baritone..." – Opera News

Tosca – “This year’s Tosca saw many company debuts — all of the principals, save Luis Ledesma, who commanded the stage with a rich but well-controlled baritone as a Scarpia convincingly devious, yet not hammy. When Ledesma looked at his Tosca, Erika Sunnegårdh, he was Scarpia, conquering the diva with his eyes. Their Act II scene together was magnificent. The struggle was well timed and believable.”

"Ledesma's dramatic voice is especially breathtaking" – Syracuse.com

Macbeth – "Ledesma's dramatic voice is especially breathtaking in the Act III fainting scene, as he learns the news that Banquo's son will survive, a threat to his own rise to power. His final scene aria, when Macbeth acknowledges his failure and laments that his legacy will only be bitter curses, is emotionally dense, conveying at once the bogus king's false bravado and his ultimate despair.”

“Lisa Chavez and Luis Ledesma are marvelous" – ClassicsToday.com

Florencia en el Amazonas – “Lisa Chavez and Luis Ledesma are marvelous as Paula and Alvaro, respectively, whether sniping verbally at one another or finding joy in reuniting”