After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, American baritone LeRoy Villanueva went on to win the First Prize Schwabacher Memorial Award and an Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera. He was awarded the Robert M. Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and was also the first recipient of the prestigious Lotos Foundation Award which resulted in his recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Villanueva has sung principal roles in major opera houses and theater venues around the world, including San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Michigan, Austin, New York, Geneva, Israel, Miami, Dresden, Santiago de Chile, Lisbon, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersberg, Rome, Monte Carlo, and Aukland, New Zealand. Mr. Villanueva’s American and World premieres include principal roles in Ghost Sonata and Das Verratene Mer at the San Francisco Opera, the title role of Phillip Glass' Orphée at the American Repertory Theater in Boston, Le Chevalier Imaginaire at the Chatelet in Paris, Salammbo at the Paris Opera, and Concierto para Mendez at LA Opera. Mr. Villanueva has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Tokyo Symphony. He has sung under such eminent conductors as James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Gary Bertini, Valery Ghergiev, and Christoph von Dohnanyi. He has toured in recital throughout 34 cities across the United States, and has sung in festival venues around the world including the Italian Festa Musicale Siena, Ojai, Ravinia, Shanghai, and Lisbon Festivals.