Arturo Chacón-Cruz made his first appearances with LA Opera in 2007, as the tenor soloist for the Verdi Requiem and as Rodolfo in La Boheme.
A native of Sonora, Mexico, he has established himself in recent years as a leading tenor with exciting debuts and appearances at renowned theaters and concert halls across the globe. Since winning Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Singing Competition in 2005, his career has seen a successful steady development and his repertoire spans from lyric roles from Bellini and Donizetti to Puccini and Verdi.
In addition to an impressive existing discography, the artist’s first solo CD, entitled Arturo Chacón le canta a México, featuring some of the most beautiful Mexican music ever written and accompanied by his hometown orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora. It was released on the Naxos Label in May 2014.
His recent role debut as Des Grieux in Manon at the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes, México was met with critical acclaim, as was his debut at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels in April as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. He returned to Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in the summer of 2014 for La Traviata and made a last minute jump-in for the opening night of the Festival season of the Munich Bavarian State Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata opposite Diana Damrau.
Earlier this season the tenor was heard as Jacopo Foscari in The Two Foscari at Theater an der Wien in Vienna opposite Plácido Domingo under the baton of James Conlon, as the Duke of Mantua in León Guanajuato and in Strasbourg, France, in a Verdi Gala at the Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and in the title role of The Tales of Hoffmann in Tokyo (NNT). He also appeared in concert with a role debut of Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale for a return to Carnegie Hall.
During a busy 2012/13 season, he made an important role debut as Gabriel Adorno in Simon Boccanegra with a house debut at Göteborg Opera. The season also included appearances at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, a debut at the Festival Aix-en-Provence as the Duke in Rigoletto (directed by Robert Carsen with live broadcast on ARTE and DVD/BlueRay comercial recording). He also returned to Malmö Opera for a role debut as Roberto in Puccini’s Le Villi (in concert with CD recording).
In the 2011/2012 season, Arturo made his La Scala di Milano debut as Hoffmann, and received a very warm reception from the audience and press: “He excellently portrayed the lovelorn poet, with a youthfulness that only made him more attractive, exhibiting great mastery over his instrument and an indeed pleasant high register, all in all, a brilliant participation.” (GB Opera) (www.ArturoChaconCruz.com)