Javier Camarena

Javier Camarena was born in Veracruz (Mexico) and studied music at the University of Guanajuato. He was awarded first prize at the Carlo Morelli Competetion in Mexico (2004) and the Francesco Viñas Competition in Barcelona (2005). He then went on to study under Francisco Araiza. Javier Camarena made his career debut in 2004 at Mexico’s Bellas Artes singing the role of Tonio in La Fille du régiment. Soon thereafter, he played Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Dorvil in La Scala di seta.
He has been a member of the troupe of the Zurich Opera since April 2007 and in that time he has sung numerous roles there, including Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in both the Paisiello version and the Rossini version of The Barber of Seville, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Fileno in La Fedelta premiata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Osiride in Moses in Egypt, Nadir in The Pêcheurs de perles, the title role in Comte Ory, Fenton in Falstaff, Rodrigo in Otello, and Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
He has also appeared in L’Italiana in Algeri in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dresden, La Cenerentola at La Monnaie in Brussels, Maria Stuarda at the Liceu in Barcelona, La Sonnambula in Mexico, L’elisir d’amore, L’Italiana in Algeri and The Barber of Seville at the Staatsoper in Vienna, L’Italiana in Algeri at the Semperoper in Dresden, The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the San Francisco Opera, and The Barber of Seville, La Sonnambula and La Donna del lago (Giacomo) at the Paris Opera. He has performed in concert with the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra (Rossini’s Stabat Mater) and the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem) and he participated in a bel canto concert with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Javier Camarena has made two live recordings: Recitals in 2014 and Serenata in 2015. From 2013 to 2015, Lideres Mexicanos featured Javier Camarena on its list of “Most Prominent Mexican Leaders” and the magazine Quién included him in its 

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