Mexican tenor Luis Chapa made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly in the 2017-18 season. Praised for his “mellifluous, stupendously-powerful” voice, Chapa studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, U.K.
Highlights of Chapa’s 2018/19 season include title role Stiffelio at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, title role Andrea Chenier and Radames Aida in Croatia, Canio I Pagliacci at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Don José Carmen in Prague, and Radames Aida at the Teatro Wielki Poland. Further ahead Luis Chapa will make his debut with Portland Opera.
In addition to singing Pinkerton, in the 2017-18 season Chapa sang the title role Andrea Chenier in Prague, title role Otello for the Croatian National Opera, Radames Aida for Teatro Wielki Poznan. Other recent successes include title role Otello in Calixto Bieto’s production at Theater Basel, his US debut as Don José Carmen and return as Calaf Turandot for Seattle Opera, Des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Catania as well as Don José Carmen in Hong Kong.
Chapa has performed Tannhäuser for the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Austria, Karlsruhe and Manaus; Erik Der fliegende Holländer in Austria; title role Otello at Theater Freiburg, in which he was lauded as “a heroic tenor of the first-rate” (Badische Zeitung); and Otello in Bonn. In Freiburg Chapa also made his debut as Hermann Pique Dame.
Chapa appeared as Pinkerton Madama Butterfly in Essen; Calaf Turandot with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw; Pollione Norma in Christopher Alden’s new production for Opera North; Turiddu Cavalleria rusticana and Canio Pagliacci, title role Don Carlo, Manrico Il trovatore, and Radames Aida all for Welsh National Opera; Samson Samson et Dalila in Darmstadt; Il trovatore in Hong Kong, Pagliacci and Aida in Poland, a new production of Il trovatore in Wiesbaden and Cavaradossi Tosca in Bern, Switzerland. For Croatian National Opera Chapa has performed Luigi Il tabarro, Alvaro La forza del destino, Don José Carmen in a new production by Philipp Himmelman, Maurizio Adriana Lecouvreur, and Andrey Mazeppa.
Chapa has worked with many notable conductors and directors, including Alexander Joel, von Dohnányi, John Copley, Christopher Alden, Calixto Bieito, Mariusz Trelinski, and David McVicar.
Chapa’s concert engagements have included Verdi Requiem with Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra; a Verdi gala with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Puccini concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Verdi gala with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pamplona, Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with the Orquesta Sinfonica of Nuevo Leon; and a gala with the “Orquesta sinfonica Nacional de Bogota”.