León de la Guardia, tenor

By Jordi Tort

León de la Guardia was born in Viña del Mar, Chile, and lives currently in Vienna. He began his singing studies  at  the Conservatorio de Musica Isidor Handler in Viña del Mar.  In his early years of     study he decided to move to     Europe  looking for a convenient voice teacher.    He has had three very important to his career  They     are: Michael  Rhodes in Trier (the celebrated voice teacher of Jonas  Kaufmann), Antonio Carangelo, and  Laura Briolli,  with  whom Leon is     currently perfecting his craft   as dramatic tenor in Italy.

Throughout   his musical  education,  he has   taken   masterclasses   with   renowned   opera   singers   such   as   Juan     Oncina,     Carlos     Álvarez,     Isabel     Rey,     Jaume     Aragall,     Gianni     Maffeo,     Angelo     Loforese,   Nicola   Martinucci,   Gianfranco   Cécchele   and   Salvatore   Fisichella.     

Since his professional debut in   Spain   as   Don   Jose   in   Carmen,   he   has   portrayed     roles   such   as   Rodolfo,   Pinkerton   and   Luigi   in   Puccini’s   La   Boheme,   Madame     Butterfly   and   Tabarro.   Ismael   in   Verdi’s   Nabucco,   Arvino   in   I   lombardi,   as   well     as   Alfredo   in   La   Traviata   and   Macduff   in   Macbeth.   He   has   recently   made   his     debut     with     Aeneas     in     Purcell’s     Dido     and     Aeneas.   León    has     also     performed   sacred   pieces   such   as   Te Deum of Anton Bruckner, Misa Criolla of Ariel Ramirez and Verdi’s     Requiem     for     the     Pope     in     occasion     of     the     closing     ceremony   of   Jubileo   in   Rome,   which   was   broadcast   worldwide. 

León   de   la   Guardia   has   sung   at   renowned   concert   halls   of   all   Europe   such   as     the     Rudolfinum     in Prague,     the Konzerthaus     in  Vienna,  Teatro     Arriaga   in   Bilbao,   the   Arena   di   Verona     and   the   Teatro  Petruzzelli   in   Bari,   Italy.   He   also     made     his     USA     debut     with     a     concert     at  Sun  Valley     Opera  and     few     months   later,   at   Opera   Kelowna,   Canada,    singing   the   rol   of   Rodolfo   in   Puccini’s  La   Bohème.     

 Currently   he   is   completing     his   specialization   in   the   Wagner   repertoire   with     Jendrik     Springer,     Wiener     Staatsoper’s     Director     of     Studies     and     Christian     Thieleman’s   assistant     at   the   Bayreuth   Festival.       

León de la Guardia is represented Worldwide by FestArtist.