AIMS Alumnus 1997 - Baritone
Luis Ledesma frequently portrays the heroes and villains of Puccini and Verdi in addition to performing the important bel canto roles of Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini. His growing repertoire includes many roles in the French repertoire and has extended to the verismo composers as well. His career already includes appearances in several international opera houses around the world, including Teatro alla Scala (Luisa Fernanda), the Liceu in Barcelona (Alphonse in La favorite, Riccardo in I puritani and Marcello in La bohème), Klangbogen Festival in Vienna (Leoncavallo’s La bohème), Wexford Festival (Don Pasquale), Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Escamillo), Semperoper in Dresden (Marcello), several roles for Koeln Oper (including Don Carlo and Germont), Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Marcello, Germont, and Escamillo ), Macau Festival (Sharpless), Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos (Marcello), Graz Oper (Escamillo), L’opera de Montreal (Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West), Manitoba Opera (Escamillo), Opera Lyra Ottawa (Tonio), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Marcello in a concert version of La boheme and Beethoven Nine) and the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Escamillo), Bucharest National Opera (Scarpia) and Hungarian State Opera (Alfio and Tonio). In the United States, Mr. Ledesma has sung with many companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Madison Opera, Nashville Opera, Portland Opera, Indianapolis and Connecticut Opera, Opera Pacific, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Carolina, Memphis Opera, San Antonio Opera, New Jersey Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, and Hawaii Opera. He also sang two tours with Andrea Bocelli, performing in famous venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida, and the Auditorio Nacional Mexico City.
The 2021-2022 season began with Scarpia for Opera Colorado, a Founders Concert with Maryland Opera and continues with the title role in Gianni Schicchi for On Site Opera in New York.
Recent seasons include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Omaha and Pacific Symphony, Augustino in El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera,Carmina Burana (Baritone Solo) with the Acadiana Symphony Lafayette, Macbeth with Syracuse Opera, Madama Butterfly With Pacific Symphony and El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera. Sharpless for Omaha Opera, Beethoven Nine with Mississippi Symphony and Scarpia with Colorado Opera.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for Hungarian State Opera in Budapest followed by Carmen and L’elisir d’amore for Filarmonica de Jalisco and Marcello in La boheme for Palm Beach Opera. Mr. Ledesma made his house debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago,San Diego Opera and Houston Grand Opera this season in the world premiere of El Pasado Nunca Se Termina singing the role of Augustino and directed by Leonard Foglia. In the concert arena Mr. Ledesma returned to Carnegie Hall as the baritone soloist for Dvorak’s Te Deum.
In the US, Florencia en el Amazonas with NYCO, Madama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera San Antonio , Scarpia in Tosca for Atlanta Opera and Opera Santa Barbara and La boheme for Bellas Artes in Mexico City and La Orquesta Filarmonica de Santo Domingo. Mr. Ledesma sang the title role in Macbeth for Palm Beach Opera followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the Filarmonica de Jalisco and Gala concerts with Tampa Opera and with Festival Cultural Zacatecas followed by Scarpia for Bucharest National Opera, Marcello for the Semperoper in Dresden and Escamillo for Finger Lakes Opera and a solo recital with Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides in Mont-Tremblant, Canada.
Other recent engagements include Escamillo and Il Conte di Luna in Il trovatore with Ramon Vargas for Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Scarpia for Anchorage Opera followed by a Verdi Gala concert for Festival Cultural Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Alamos and the role of Gianni Schicchi for Sacramento Opera.
Mr. Ledesma made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Faure Requiem and has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Mann Music Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed a variety of orchestral repertoire including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra and a series of Christmas concerts in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and a Verdi gala concert presented in Die Alte Opera Frankfurt. His concert performances include La bohème (Marcello) at the Vail Festival and the Mann Music Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.