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UDLAP Graduate Triumphs as Opera Singer in Switzerland

  • As part of the 2019-2020 tour, Leonardo Sánchez will debut in Spain and Italy, next to great voices such as Placido Domingo and Fabio Luisi

The young tenor Leonardo Sánchez Rosales, proud graduate from the Licenciatura in Music at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, continues his artistic career, this time abroad as part of the Zurich International Opera Studio, one of the most prestigious opera training centers in the world.

“I had the opportunity to be in six productions, three of them in premier. I participated in the opera Macbeth by G. Verdi, Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, the musical Sweeney Todd, and the opera Lucia de Lammermoor where I had the great opportunity to work under Nello Santi, an incredible Italian maestro. In the end, I was also in the production of Le nozze di figaro and I starred in the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia in the yearly production by Zurich International Opera Studio,” added Leonardo during the interview.

In order to accomplish his dream, after finishing his academic training Leonardo applied to prestigious opera schools in Los Angeles, Paris, Vienna and Zurich. “I was anxious to continue my artistic career and continue training. There are places around the world where they prepare you and at the same time you work, a modality called Opera Studio, an educational workshop where they pay you for your work in theater as a professional, but you still have language, music, and some master classes. It is really just to perfect your opera skills,” he added.

Since all the Opera Studios he auditioned to accepted him, he had to make a crucial decision for his career and, “the advice of Mexican singers who have or had an international career, such as maestros Ramón Vargas, Javier Camarena, and Francisco Araiza, the recommendation was that the best place I could go to was the Swiss Opera,” he commented.

It is important to remember that Leonardo’s career started to take off while he was still a student in the UDLAP cultural representative teams. “I had the opportunity to belong to the Opera Studio of Bellas Artes and perform in their productions. I sang the opera La traviata in the Teatro del Bicentenario in León; the opera Don Giovanni with the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra in the Peón Contreras theater; and La finta giardiniera with the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra,” he recalled. In 2016 he obtained the Revelación Juvenil prize in the International Singing Contest of Sinaloa and first place in the Carlo Morelli National Contest, as well as the Young Revelation and special prize from the Bellas Artes Opera.

On the other hand, the Mexican tenor expressed his gratitude to Universidad de las Américas Puebla as he not only developed his artistic abilities there, but also his human side. “Take advantage of being in a university such as UDLAP; it is a place where you can obtain experiences, friends, and knowledge because it allows you to interact with foreign people who may open doors to a lot of possibilities. The recipe for success is to dedicate some time to your passion and some time to your training, which would normally go together, because when you do something that is your passion and you have discipline you will always have great results,” he commented.

Finally, regarding his artistic future, the tenor shared: “I will continue for one more year in the Switzerland Opera, and possibly stay in the solo ensemble full time. I am also very fortunate to announce that I will debut in Madrid and Sevilla in Spain and Padua, Italia, where I’ll be in three different operas: Farinelli by T. Bretón, and Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni by Mozart, in addition to all the operas that I have with the Zurich Opera. I will be sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo and with artists such as Fabio Luisi, and Bryn Terfel who are very important in the opera world”.