Artist Of The Week: Javier Camarena Takes On His First Edgardo In ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’

By Francisco Salazar

Over the past years, Javier Camarena has become one of the most in-demand tenors in the world. His charisma, blazing high notes, and expressive qualities have allowed him to create history. For example, he is just the second singer in Metropolitan Opera history to sing encores in multiple productions. He is also the second singer in the history of the Teatro Real to perform an encore.

Now Camarena is set for some personal history when returns to the Teatro Real for his most dramatic role to date in his role debut as Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The role, which is known for its dramatic intensity, is one that has been conquered by most of the great lyric singers in the history. Coupled with Lisette Oropesa, this will be a feast of vocal fireworks.

For those not present in Madrid, don’t worry as Camarena returns to Edgardo in Munich in the 2018-19 season and will also be at the Salzburg Festival for “Les Pêcheurs de Perles.” He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera for productions including an HD of “La Fille du Regiment.”


For those who have never heard Camarena’s voice, there are recordings of Rossini’s “Otello” and “Le Comte Ory” available as well as a recital CD entitled “Serenata.” And here is a video of the tenor performing “Nessun Dorma.” Enjoy!


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