“Met audiences have come to realize what a prince among tenors Mr. Camarena, 38, has become.”
Anthony Tomasini, The New York Times
“Camarena is quite simply the most thrilling young tenor singing today. …The Mexican-born tenor has a voice that is as pure and brilliant as gold…. Camarena is on his way to being the next tenor superstar”
Wilborn Hampton, The Huffington Post
“Javier Camarena makes history in Madrid’s Teatro Real”
Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, El País.
Javier Camarena became the rage of the opera world in 2014, when he joined the ranks of Luciano Pavarotti and Juan Diego Flórez to become the third singer in 70 years to perform an encore at the Metropolitan Opera House when he stopped the house during two consecutive performances of Rossini’s “la Cenerentola” singing Prince Ramiro’s aria “Si ritrovarla io guiro.” Months later he repeated the same feat, at Madrid’s Teatro Real, singing 18 perfect high Cs, after stopping the show and performing an encore of Tonio’s aria of Donizetti’s “La fille du regiment,” “Ah! mes amis quel jour de fête.”Camarena is the first to sing encores in two consecutive performances in the history of both opera houses.
His ardent tone, firm flexible vocalism and boasting coloratura have gained him leading roles, sharing credits with worldwide renowned singers, and work under the baton of some of the most outstanding conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, and Fabio Luisi. Since his 2007 debut in Zurich, Camarena has been admired for the beauty of his spellbinding performances, in a repertoire that has very few international-rank practitioners, that includes works by Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. His unparalleled performances have been heard in some of Europe’s most important opera houses and concert halls including: the Staatsoper Wein, the Opera de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Summer Festival, to mention a few. In the United States he has received acclaim with both the San Francisco Opera and New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
In 2014, he released his album debut “RECITALES” a live recording that includes Italian and Mexican songs. Iin 2015, he presented a second live recording, “SERENATA”, that includes popular Mexican songs, with pianist Armando Manzanero (Gramy’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2014) participating as a special guest.
In DVD/Bluray he has participated in the productions of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” (2009), Verdi’s “Falstaff” (2011), Rossini’s “Othelo” (2014) and “Le comte Ory”(2014), here sharing credits with Cecilia Bartoli, all of them orchestrated by the Staatsoper Zürich. Also in DVD/Bluray, he participated in Mozart’s “Die entführung aus dem serail”(2014) in an unprecedented production recorded at Salzburg’s Hanger 7; a second version of Verdi’s “Falstaff” (2014) under the baton of Zubin Metha as well as Mozart’s Missa solemnis in C Minor, K. 139, “Waisenhausmesse” and Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950 (2012) conducted by Clauddio Abbado, presented and recorded by the Salzburg Festspiele.
Born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Javier Camarena completed his musical studies with honors at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. In 2004, he was awarded first place in the National Contest Carlo Morelli, in Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes and made his debut as Tonio in Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment”. In 2005, he received the Juan Oncinas Award in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2006, joined the International Opernstudio in Zurich, under the mentorship of Francisco Araiza. From 2013 to 2015, Lideres Mexicanos included Camarena in their list of “The Most Prominent Mexican Leaders,” and in 2014/ 2015, Quién magazine named him one of 50 leaders transforming Mexico.