Superstar Tenor Javier Camarena and Concurso Winners to Perform

Javier Camarena

By Shari Alexander

He’s the tenor the opera world can’t stop talking about. They are the rising young opera stars of Mexico. Together they will create an unforgettable night of thrilling singing, when international tenor sensation Javier Camarena presides over the Concurso San Miguel 2015 Winners Concert and Master Class, Wednesday evening at 6:30pm at Rosewood San Miguel.

Concurso San Miguel
Winners Concert and Master Class
To benefit the Opera San Miguel scholarship fund
Wed, Mar 11, 6:30pm
The Ballroom
Rosewood San Miguel
Advance sale 500 pesos at the Rosewood concierge desk and La Conexión, Aldama 3
Remaining tickets at the door, 600 pesos

Camarena made headlines around the world last year when he was a last minute substitute for an ailing tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, singing the Prince opposite Joyce Di Donato’s Cinderella. He literally stopped the show with his spectacular aria in Act II. Here’s what The New York Times had to say: “Mr. Camarena first expressed his romantic yearning in melting, pliant phrases. Then dispatched the aria’s impetuous runs, capped by thrilling top notes, including an effortless high D, finally finishing with a glorious high C that he seemed almost reluctant to cut off. As he raced off the stage, the house erupted with applause and bravos. The ovation went on so long, I thought Mr. Camarena was going to have to break character and return for a bow. He didn’t.”

But that changed three days later when, again according to The New York Times, “Javier Camarena received a rare honor at the Metropolitan Opera, becoming only the third singer in 70 years to perform an aria encore.” Since his Met triumph last April, Camarena has soared to the top of the opera world, with the greatest opera houses of the world competing for his time, and audiences cheering “Bis!” (encore), most recently at the Royal Theater in Madrid where the audience for Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment refused to let the opera proceed until he had repeated the fiendishly difficult aria with nine high Cs, made famous by the legendary Luciano Pavarotti.

All the more remarkable, then, that this newest world superstar is returning from Europe to his native country to donate his experience and wisdom to the rising stars of Mexico. “Yes, Javier is a huge talent,” says Opera San Miguel’s Artistic Director, John Bills, “but he also has a huge heart for young singers. He has been there, and he understands that singers don’t achieve success solely on talent. They need nurturing, encouragement, and practical knowledge. And most of all they need opportunity. This is what we are trying to provide through Concurso San Miguel, and this is why Javier is donating his time to work with our winners.”

Earlier in the day on March 11, Javier Camarena will conduct a private three-hour career counseling session with the winners of tomorrow’s Concurso San Miguel 2015. Then in the evening he will preside over the Winners Concert and Master Class, working one-on-one with the Concurso winners. “Javier will be creating a milestone event in the lives of these young singers,” says John Bills, “and a memory of a lifetime for our audience!”


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