Born in Texas, Juan José De León has distinguished himself in numerous competitions (a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011, first prize in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, the critics prize at the Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition, second prize at the Sergio Franchi Competition, and third prize at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition). As a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Opera for two years, he performed the roles of Matteo Borsa in Rigoletto, Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Nadir in the Pêcheurs de perles. In the course of the 2010 / 2011 season, he made his debut at the Dallas Opera in the role of Benvolio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. In 2013 / 2014, he participated in the American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and then sang Falstaff (Dr Cajus) at the Santa Barbara Opera. The following season he made his debut at the Chicago Opera in Capriccio (the Italian tenor), at the Tel-Aviv Opera in the Barber of Seville (Count Almaviva) and at Milan’s La Scala in Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo) and Pagliacci (Beppe). He has also performed the role of Count Almaviva at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, at the Atlanta Opera, in Palma de Mallorca, at the Madison Opera, at the Verona Arenas and the role of Don Ramiro at the Stuttgart Staatstheater. In December 2015, he participated in the premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus at the Dallas Opera.
The Barber of Seville in Sydney, Austin and Essen, and L'italiana in Algeri (Lindoro) at the Montreal Opera.
Juan José De León is making his debut at the Paris Opera.