León de la Guardia, tenor
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.