In just a few seasons, Luis Ledesma has established himself as a singer with powerful, yet refined vocal and theatrical gifts. Hailed by critics as a young Mexican baritone with a very beautiful voice, his performance Don Giovanni was reported by the British monthly Opera: "He has the dark Latin looks and commands the firm attractive baritone right for this role."
The 2005-2006 season brings Mr. Ledesma to The Palm Beach Opera as Baron Scarpia, to Memphis as the High Priest in Samson and Dalila, to Opera Pacific as Escamillo in Carmen, to the Macau Festival as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and to the Köln Opera as Rodrigo in their revival of Don Carlo. In 2007 he is to make his Opera Carolina debut as Tonio in I pagliacci and as Sarvaor in La Vida Breve.
The 2004-2005 season included Mr. Ledesma's return to the Köln Oper in L'elisir d'amore, La Cenerentola and Turandot and a dramatic finish as Rodrigo in Don Carlo. Other highlights in the season included the role of Figaro in a new production of Il Barbiere di Sivilglia at the Teatro Colňn de Buenos Aires, his debut in the role of Scarpia in Tosca with Memphis Opera and appearances with the Louisville Orchestra in Carmina Burana with Mr. Ledesma as soloist.
During the season 2003-2004 Mr. Ledesma sang performances of Germont in La traviata, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore and Silvio in I pagliacci in Köln. He also performed Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in Las Palmas and Mallorca, followed by a gala concert with Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa. Mr. Ledesma also added the roles of Valentin in Faust and Amonasro in Aida (concert version) last summer in the Shaker Mountain Festival.
Other recent engagements include Leoncavallo's La bohčme with the prestigious Klangbogen Festival in the Theater an der Wien, performances of Marcello for the Dresden Semperoper in Puccini's La bohčme and a debut with the Teatro alla Scala in the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. Mr. Ledesma has performed several roles for the Liceu in Barcelona, including Alphonse XI in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohčme. In the United States, he has performed with Houston Grand Opera and Portland Opera as Escamillo, Indianapolis Opera and Connecticut Opera as Don Giovanni, Opera Pacific (La bohčme) and New York City Opera (Carmen). Mr. Ledesma has performed for the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Escamillo and for the Wexford Festival in Don Pasquale and L'etoile du nord (the latter performance available on Marco Polo CD release). He made his Vienna operatic debut singing Ramiro with the Wiener Kammeroper in a new production of Ravel's L'heure espagnol.
Mr. Ledesma has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Coronation Mass, the Fauré Requiem, and Orff's Carmina Burana.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Love Notes Concert & Party (2009–2010)
Love Notes (2007–2008)
Pagliacci / La Vida Breve (2006–2007)