Javier Camarena is known as a Mozart and bel canto singer. Born in the Mexican city of Xalapa, he studied at the universities of Veracruz and Guanajuato.
The tenor made his professional debut as Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in 2004. He joined the Zurich Opera ensemble in 2007.
Recent roles include Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Zurich Opera; the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; and Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Bavarian State Opera.
The singer has also appeared on the annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and has given recitals with his regular duo partner Ángel Rodríguez, featuring Donizetti and Rossini arias juxtaposed with Mexican songs.
Camarena’s discography consists of solo recordings, various CDs and DVDs of opera productions and two CDs of Latin pop music. He can also be heard on live concert recordings featuring Gounod’s La colombe with the Hallé Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder and masses by Mozart and Schubert with Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival.
Camarena will be making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2018–19 season.