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 is known for his Verdi roles and other such dramatic repertoire.
Recent highlights include title role Stiffelio at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, title role Andrea Chenier and Canio Pagliacci at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Don José Carmen at the National Theatre in Prague, Radames Aida at Opera North, Teatro Wielki Poland and the Roman Amphitheatre Arena Pula for the Croatian National Theatre Rijeka. In the 2019/20 season Chapa makes debuts at Portland Opera as Pinkerton and at Israeli Opera as Canio. He will also appear at Grange Park Opera in a major role in future seasons.
Chapa has previously sung title role Tannhäuser at Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Teatro Amazonas Manaus, Brazil, title role Otello in Zagreb, Rjieka and Ostrava, Canio at Teatr Wielki Poznan, Pinkerton at Aalto Theater Essen, Teatro Verdi di Trieste and with Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, China, Andrea Chenier and Don José in Prague, Pollione Norma at Opera North, Des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Catania, Samson Samson et Dalila at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Maniro Il trovatore and Don José in Hong Kong. Other successes include Otello in Calixto Bieto’s production at Theater Basel, his US debut as Don José at Seattle Opera and later return as Calaf Turandot.
On the concert platform, Chapa has sung Leoncavallo’s La Nuit de mai for Košice Music Spring Festival in Slovakia, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Orquesta Sinfonica of Nuevo Leon, Verdi Requiem with Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Verdi galas with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pamplona, Puccini programme with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and appeared with the Orquesta sinfonica Nacional de Bogota. Chapa has worked with many notable conductors and directors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir Richard Armstrong, Alexander Joel, John Copley, Christopher Alden, Calixto Bieito, Mariusz Trelinski, and David McVicar.
Title role Benvenuto Celllini
Don José Carmen
Maurizio Adriana Lecouvreur
Title role Andrea Chenier
Turiddu Cavalleria rusticana
Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Des Grieux Manon Lescaut
Luigi Il tabarro
Title role Samson et Dalila
Hermann Pique Dame
Title role Don Carlo
Don Alvaro La forza del destino
Title role Otello
Manrico Il trovatore
Erik Der fliegende Hollander
Title role Tannhäuser
Luis Chapa lends his Samson an expressive tenor, sometimes lyrically gentle, sometimes shimmeringly metallic
Tannhäuser, the demanding heroic tenor role, was played by Mexican singer Luis Chapa, who performed the score with gallantry and adeptness