Opera Star Concert with Javier Camarena: Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is the preemi-nent Mozart and bel canto specialist of his generation. Praised for his burnished tone, gleam-ing high notes, flawless coloratura, and veracious portrayals, he regularly appears in leading roles alongside today’s foremost stars at the world’s top opera houses, and was the face of Opera News’ 80th anniversary edition this past January.
Javier Camarena, recently honored by the prestigious International Opera Awards organization as Male Singer of the Year, has positioned himself as one of the most outstanding and sought-after artists in the world, performing with resounding success in major opera houses and concert halls. In recent years, he has enriched his repertoire with new roles, notably those of Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Gualterio in Bellini’s Il Pirata.
He is the only singer in history who has sung an encore in three different productions at the MET in New York: La Cenerentola (2014), Don Pasquale (2016) and La Fille du Régiment (2019) where he achieved the unparalleled feat of achieving it in each of the seven functions in which he appeared, one of which was broadcast live on Met Live HD.
Born in Xalapa in Mexico’s State of Veracruz, Javier Camarena studied with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Perfecto at the Universidad Veracruzana before completing his musical studies with honors under Hugo Barreiro and Maria Eugenia Sutti at the University of Guanajuato. In 2004, he took first prize in Mexico’s Carlo Morelli National Singing Competition, and the following year he won the Juan Oncinas Award at Barcelona’s Francisco Viñas Competition
He currently lives in Zurich, where his hobbies include painting, cooking, movie-going, video-gaming and traveling with his family.