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.