Falstaff News 3

Born in Buenos Aires, soprano Iris Canepa's and baritone Pedro Linares's son, Leonardo, studied at a very young age with Julio Pagés Abril and he made his debut at fourteen at the Viña del Mar communal theatre in Chile with Antologia de la Zarzuela. He studied this repertory at School of Art of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and in 1993 he joined the opera chorus. He received special mentions at the Traviata 2000 Competition with Lorin Maazel president of the jury, and at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Leonardo was finalist in 1995 at the 5th Luciano Pavarotti Competition. A little later, he performed with Pavarotti himself in Philadelphia in the Operates Extravaganza spectacle, and in the role of Marcello in La Bohéme.

He was also a finalist in many other competitions like Operalia in Tokyo, Francesco Viñas in Barcelona and Neue Stimmen of Bertlsmann Foundation in Gotersloth. For the re-opening of Teatro Avenida, he was protagonist in Tomas Breton's La Verbana de la Palma under the baton of Miguel Roa, a role he later interpreted in Spain at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid with Alberto Alonso and Emilio Sagi, as well as in Moreno Torroba's Luisa Fernanda.

He made his solo debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in Barbiere di Siviglia. This was followed by Giovanna d’Arco in Teatro Coliseo in Podestá, La Bohéme in Santiago de Chile, Don Carlo at the Teatro Argentino de la Plata, Rigoletto, Carmen and Lucrezia Borgia at the Teatro Colon of Bogotá, Carmina Burana in Belgrade, La Straniera at the 5th Bellini Festival of the Teatro Avenida, Il Trovatore in Cordoba, Medea and Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma as well as Simon Boccanegra and Tosca at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, La Fanciulla del West, La Cenerentola and Colombo de Gomez in Argentina. He made his New York debut in the Carnagie Hall with an operatic Gala Concert conducted by John Rutter in April 2007.

In Italy, Leonardo López Linares sang La Bohéme, Corsaro and Alzira in Rome, Nabucco at the Vigevano Opera Festival, La Traviata in Palermo, Luisa Miller and La Bohéme at the Regio Theatre in Parma and again Nabucco at the Pergolesi theatre in Jesi and the Rendano Theatre in Cosenza. Furthermore, he appeared in Carmen in Lecce, while he has been a leading protagonist in the last three seasons of the Arena in Verona, singing Nabucco, Aida, Turandot and Madame Butterfly. This year again, he is scheduled to perform there again in Aida and Nabucco.

In summer 2012, Linares undertook the demanding role of Scarpia in Tosca at the Puccini Opera Festival at the Torre del Lago. He debuted as Falstaff at the Verona Philharmonic Theatre, receiving an overwhelming response and great acclaim from opera critics. Concurrently, he sang the main role in The Battle of Legnano at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, to where he shall return in the next season.

In the American continent, Leonardo has been quite busy during these last few seasons. Worth a mention is his performance of Tosca in Brazil (2012), in Sao Paolo, where he is performing Falstaff this December. In Las Palmas, he successfully sang the role of Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera last February. This was followed by a busy summer at the Verona Arena. His important commitments continued with Rosario in Il Trovatore in Argentina, last September and Aida in Montevideo.