Anthony León, Tenor
An American-born, Cuban and Colombian tenor, Anthony León is a young up-and-comer who is quickly developing an international performing career. During the 2022-2023 season he was a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. His engagements at LA Opera include Pelléas in Impressions de Pelléas, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Spoletta in Tosca, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. He returned to Los Angeles Opera to open the 2023-2024 season, performing the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.
León recently sung Remendado in Carmen at Santa Fe Opera and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the New England Conservatory, and has been on tour performing the roles of Giove and Amphinome in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the ensemble I Gemelli. On tour, he performed at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris; Arsenal Theater in Metz, France; and Victoria Hall in Geneva. A recorded album is in the works and is set to be released in 2023.
In the fall of 2021, León performed the role of Count Almaviva in Opera Theatre St. Louis’ production of The Barber of Seville. During the summer of 2021, he was an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera, covering the role of Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other leading roles include Le Chevalier in Dialogue des Carmélites, Agenore in Il re pastore, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Tamino in The Magic Flute, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance.
Honors include winning the First Prize and Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Zarzuela Prize at Operalia, 2022. He was also a 2023 winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition, Western Region, and received a Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation. He was named “Best up-and-comer” in the Inland Empire Magazine’s “Best of the Best 2019” list and was awarded the Wendy Shattuck ‘75 Presidential Scholarship for Vocal Studies.
León holds a Bachelor’s in Music from La Sierra University and a Master of Music degree concentrating in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of Bradley Williams.