Leon “disarmingly open-hearted” in Minnesota Opera ‘La Traviata”

“it’s the moving evocations of intense love and sadness in Verdi’s music that make “La Traviata” a masterpiece, and those were beautifully conveyed on opening night by our lovers, American soprano Nicole Cabell and Mexican tenor Jesus Leon. . . While Violetta is usually the center of attention in this opera, Leon’s Alfredo was its charismatic catalyst. He consistently stole scenes, disarmingly open-hearted as he gave each line a wonderful mix of tenderness and effusive passion.” -Pioneer Press

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“Jesús León has a glorious tenor, brilliant singing the role of Alfredo, expressing his earnest love for Violetta, heedless of her tarnished past, with complete conviction. His anguish and humiliation after her return to Paris is palpable.” -Talkin’ Broadway

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Jesús Leon showcased his perfection to the opera, while the chemistry between the two performers magically transforms Cabell’s Violetta. In several scenes, the duets between Cabell and Leon send chills through the audience, now mesmerized without a sound to be heard in the performance hall.

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