Leon de la Guardia:
For me, Opera does not seek to represent reality... but to inspire the ideal.
"Throughout my career, I've realised that success is not a matter of winning or losing... It's about learning to live with both." - Leon de la Guardia
Leon de la Guardia was born in Viña del Mar, Chile. He began his singing studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Isidor Handler in Viña del Mar.
In his early years of study he decided to travel to Europe to pursue private lessons. Upon his arrival to Barcelona he joined the Cor Jove del Palau de la Musica Catalana, and began private lessons with Tony Marsol. He then continued his studies with Theodoro Coresi in Vienna, and after that with Jonas Kauffmann’s celebrated master Michael Rhodes in Trier. He is currently perfecting his craft studying under Antonio Carangelo in Italy, where he currently resides.
Leon de la Guardia has won three full study scholarships throughout his musical education, and has earned places in master classes with renowned singers, such as the tenor Juan Oncina, the baritone Carlos Alvarez, the soprano Isabel Rey, the Catalan tenor Jaume Aragall, the Italian baritone Gianni Maffeo, and the Italian tenors Angelo Loforese and Nicola Martinucci.
Since his professional debut in Spain as Don Jose in Carmen, he has portrayed roles such as Bastian in Mozart’s Bastian and Bastienne, Arlecchino in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Crates in Etienne Niclas Mehul’s Bion, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Ismael in Verdi’s Nabucco, as well as Alfredo in La Traviata and Macduff and Malcolm in Macbeth. He has also sung sacred works such as Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum, Ariel Ramirez’ Misa Criolla and Verdi’s Requiem.
With a promising career, Leon de la Guardia has already sung in countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Spain, Rumania and France, and in renowned concert halls such as the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Arena di Verona. He also recently performed at a mass-attendance concert in Santiago de Chile alongside the distinguished Chilean soprano Cristina Gallardo Domas, and performed Verdi’s Requiem for the Pope in occasion of the closing ceremony of Jubileo in Rome, which was broadcast worldwide. Leon de la Guardia is currently preparing his North American debut with the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme.