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Javier Camarena

Tenor

Biography

Javier Camarena in action.
Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Mark Douet

Mexican tenor Javier Camarena made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia). He returns in the 2018/19 Season as Tonio (La Fille du régiment).

Camarena is a former member of the ensemble of Zürich Opera. He currently sings for opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York (where, in 2014, he was only the third singer in 70 years to perform an encore during an opera performance), Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, ABAO Bilbao, Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Los Angeles Opera, and for Salzburg Festival. His repertory includes many bel canto roles such as Count Almaviva, Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Idreno (Semiramide), Count Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims), Arturo (I puritani), Roberto, Conte di Leicester (Maria Stuarda), Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), along with Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Fenton (Falstaff), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles).

Camarena’s recordings include the solo albums Recitales and Serenata and the highly acclaimed 2018 Decca album Contrabandista. He was nominated for Best Male Singer in the 2016 International Opera Awards.

News and features

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14 September 2016
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Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia has been a firm favourite at the Royal Opera House since its 2005 premiere.

Photos

Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Sabine Devieilhe as Maria and Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Madeleine Pierard, José Fardilha, Ferruccio Furlanetto, member of the Royal Opera House Chorus, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena and Daniela Mack in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Madeleine Pierard as Berta, Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Vito Priante as Figaro and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva and Gyula Nagy as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Daniela Mack, Madeleine Pierard, Javier Camarena, Vito Priante and the Royal Opera House Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Vito Priante as Figaro and Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Sabine Devieilhe as Maria and Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Gyula Nagy as Fiorello and members of the Royal Opera House Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, Vito Priante as Figaro, Daniela Mack as Rosina and Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena, Madeleine Pierard and Daniela Mack in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena. Photograph by Jonathan Mirò

Production photo of La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Vito Priante as Figaro, José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Vito Priante as Figaro and Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena, Madeleine Pierard, Daniela Mack and members of the Royal Opera House Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Madeleine Pierard as Berta and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva and Gyula Nagy as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Sabine Devieilhe as Maria and Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Sabine Devieilhe as Maria, Javier Camarena as Tonio and Pietro Spagnoli as Sulpice Pingot in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Tonio and Sabine Devieilhe as Maria in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Daniela Mack as Rosina and Vito Priante as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Daniela Mack as Rosina and Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera