Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Tenor photo
New England Second Place Winner, 2003 review



This season Arturo Chacón-Cruz appears as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Los Angeles Opera, Werther for Hungarian State Opera, the Duke of Mantua at Opera di Firenze, Manrico with Opéra de Lille and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Don José in Zurich, and Alfredo at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. In 2014-2015 the globe-hopping tenor appeared as Alfredo with Los Angeles Opera and the Bolshoi Opera, Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas in Los Angeles,Don José at Hamburg State Opera, and the Duke in Rigoletto at the Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He also sang Pollione in concert performances of Norma at the AL Buastan Festival in Beirut, Don José in Hamburg, at the Opéra de Lyon, and with the Israel Philharmonic, and Rodolfo in Macerata.


A native of Sonora, Mexico, Arturo Chacón-Cruz is an alumnus of the Boston University Opera Institute, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio (2003-2005). In Houston he sang Pang in Turandot, Pinkerton, Ruiz in Il trovatore, Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Alpheus in the world premiere of Mark Adam’s Lysistrata, and the High Priest in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Other early roles included Pinkerton with Washington National Opera, Rinuccio with the Connecticut Opera, Edmondo in Manon Lescaut with Houston Grand Opera, Rodolfo with both Utah Festival Opera and in his Italian debut with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Christian in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac with the Valencia Opera, and Alfredo in his Chinese debut in Beijing.

In recent seasons Arturo has performed leading roles throughout the world, including the Duke in San Francisco, Aix-en-Provence, Oslo, Strasbourg, and Brussels; Rodolfo in Miami, Tokyo NNT, Munich, and Stockholm (Royal); Alfredo in Moscow (Bolshoi), Mexico City, Munich, and Vienna (Theater an der Wien); Hoffmann at La Scala (debut), Vienna, Munich, Tokyo, and Malmo; Gabriele Adorno in Munich and Goteborg; Pinkerton in Munich and Minneapolis; Roméo in West Palm Beach and Tokyo; Werther in Moscow and Lyon; and also Jacopo Foscari  in Munich and at Vienna’s at Theater an der Wien, Roberto in Le Villi (Malmo), Edgardo (Oviedo), Idomeneo (Milwaukee), Don José in Lyon, and Des Grieux in Manon (Mexico City).


Arturo was the the winner of the "Don Plácido Domingo" Zarzuela Prize and the "Cultur Arte de Puerto Rico" Prize in Domingo’s Operalia 2005 in Madrid, and the Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Medal in Mexico. He also received the Ramón Vargas Pro Opera grant in 2005, the Antonio Davalos Osio Special Award at Mexico’s Carlo Morelli’s National Opera Contest, the CONACULTA International Grant, the SIVAM grant, and First Place and the Audience Choice Award at the 2003 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera. In 2006 he was named Artist of the Year by El Imparcial Cultural Organization in his hometown of Hermosillo, Mexico.


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