Javier Camarena Tenor

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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 under Hugo Barreiro and Maria Eugenia Sutti at the University of Guanajuato. 

In 2004, he won 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 was then invited to join the Ensemble of the Zurich Opera. 

In recent season, he sang the roles of Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore) at the Gaetano Donizetti Theater in Bergamo, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Edgardo di Ravenswood (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Metropolitan Opera New York, Tamino (The Magic Flute) at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Arturo (I Puritani) at the Paris Opera, Gualtiero (Il pirata) at Teatro Real Madrid and Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) at the Zurich Opera and Metropolitan Opera New York. 

Other projects have led him to the Monte-Carlo Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the opera houses of Oviedo, Murcia, San-Sebastian, the Harris Theater in Chicago and the Madrid National Auditorium. 

The 2022-23 will see Javier Camarena as Fernand (La Favorite) at the Bergamo Gaetano Donizetti Theatre, Nemorino at Metropolitan Opera New York, Des Grieux (Manon) at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Edgardo di Ravenswood at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles) at the Zurich Opera, Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Monte-Carlo Opera. 

His discography includes Recitales (2014), Serenata (2015), a Latin pop songs album titled Javier Camarena Canta a Cri Cri (2016) and Contrabandista (2018). In 2021, Javier Camarena was honoured by the prestigious International Opera Awards as ‘Male Singer of the Year’.

Immerse in the Paris Opera universe

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