Javier Camarena was born in Veracruz (Mexico) and pursued his musical studies at the University of Guanajuato. He won first prizes at the Carlo Morelli Singing Competition in Mexico (2004) and the Francesco Viñas Competition in Barcelona (2005) then went on to perfect his skills under the guidance of Francisco Araiza. Javier Camarena made his debut in 2004 at the Bellas Artes in Mexico performing the role of Tonio in La Fille du régiment. He then played Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Dorvil in La Scala di seta. Since 2007, he has been a member of the troupe of the Zurich Opera where he has sung Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Paisiello and Rossini, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Fileno in La Fedelta premiata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Osiride in Mosè in Egitto, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles, the title role in Le Comte Ory, Fenton in Falstaff, Rodrigo in Otello, and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
He has also performed in L’Italiana in Algeri in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dresden, La Cenerentola at La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Maria Stuarda at the Liceu in Barcelona, La Sonnambula in Mexico, L’elisir d’amore, L’Italiana in Algeri and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper in Vienna, L’Italiana in Algeri at the Semperoper in Dresden, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the San Francisco Opera, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Sonnambula and La donna del lago (Giacomo) at the Paris Opera.
More recently, he has appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (I Puritani), the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Idreno in Semiramide, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Tonio in the La Fille du régiment), the Salzburg Festival (Nadir), and the Teatro Real in Madrid (Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor). He has also performed in concert with the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra (Rossini’s Stabat Mater), the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem) and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Javier Camarena has made two live recordings: Recitales 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 among the 50 outstanding personalities in Mexico in 2014 / 2015.
Les Pêcheurs de perles in Bilbao, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and La Fille du régiment at the Royal Opera House in London.