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LeRoy Villanueva

LeRoy Villanueva

LeRoy Villanueva

After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in 1988, American baritone LeRoy Villanueva was awarded an Adler Fellowship with the San Francisco Opera Center. As a member of the Merola Opera Program, he received the Schwabacher Memorial First Prize, and sang in Western Opera Theater's 1988-89 tour, which included performances in Japan, Guam, Saipan and China. He was the first recipient of the prestigious Lotos Foundation Award, which resulted in his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Mr. Villanueva has sung at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Geneva Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Montreal Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and the New Israeli Opera. Mr. Villanueva has also appeared in numerous US and world premieres, including, creating the role of Spendius in Phillipe Fenelon's Salammbo for Paris Opera. Mr. Villanueva has sung concerts with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Tokyo Symphony. An active recitalist, he has toured 34 cities across the United States in a program combining American Indian, Hispanic and Puerto Rican folk songs with more traditional works. Mr. Villanueva's recordings include the role of Sancho Panza in Fenelon's Le Chevalier Imaginaire, and the title role in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. He appeared in a film version by the BBC of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. He recently performed a concert version of Bernstein's Wonderful Town in Rome and Monte Carlo and travels this winter to France for a tour of Cole Porter's 50 Million Frenchmen and Du Barry Was a Lady. In addition to the libretto for Figaro's American Adventure, Mr. Villanueva and his brother Eli Villanueva recently completed a new children's opera, The Marriage of Figueroa, for LA Opera's Elementary In-School Opera program.