Javier Camarena - Tenor
Javier Camarena was born in Veracruz (Mexico) and studied voice at the Guanajuato University. In 2004, he won the first prize at the Carlo Morelli Singing Competition in Mexico and the Juan Oncinas award at the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona in 2005. He is currently coached by Francisco Araiza.
He made his debut in 2004 in Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes singing Tonio in La Fille du Régiment. In Mexico, he subsequently performed Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Dorvil (La Scala di Seta).
Since April 2007, Javier Camarena has been engaged as a soloist at the Zurich Opera, where he sang Lindoro in the new production of L’Italiana in Algeri (with Vesselina Kasarova), Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello and Rossini, Belfiore in Finta Giardiniera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Fileno in Fedeltà premiata by Haydn, Mosè in Egitto, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Le Comte d’Ory, Così fan tutte, Falstaff, Entführung aus dem Serail and Otello (by Rossini).
He was also invited to sing Almaviva/Barbiere di Siviglia and Italiana in Algeri at the Vienna State Opera and at the Paris Opera, Lindoro in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Dresden, Ramiro (La Cenerentola) at the Brussels Opera as well as La Sonnambula, La Donna del Lago and Cenerentola at the Paris Opera and Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera New York. At Salzburg Festival, he has sung Fenton in Falstaff, La Cenerentola as well as Entführung aus dem Serail in a TV production. He made his successful San Francisco debut with Barbiere di Siviglia, sang a phenomenal Tonio in La Fille du Régiment at Teatro Real in Madrid and did Maria Stuarda in Barcelona. Another triumph were his performances of Sonnambula and Cenerentola at the Met. He is only the third singer who has sung an Encore at the Met.
Further plans include a.o. Don Pasquale, I Puritani, Barbiere di Siviglia, Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Barbiere di Siviglia at the Vienna State Opera and in Munich, Fille du régiment and Rigoletto at Liceu in Barcelona, Puritani at Teatro Real in Madrid and Falstaff and Don Pasquale at Zurich Opera. Furthermore, he will be singing concerts at Grange Park Opera, at the Proms, in Washington, Chicago and London.
His concert engagements included Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Guatemala, Mozart’s Requiem with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Michoacan, various opera galas at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and concerts with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst as well as with the Orchestra Mozart and Claudio Abbado. His first solo album Recitales has recently been published, on DVD, Comte d’Ory and Otello by Rossini as well as Così fan tutte and Falstaff from Zurich Opera are available.Last updated: 24.07.2015
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