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Matt Palmer

Matt Palmer

Assistant Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Anthony

American-born Cuban and Colombian tenor, Anthony León, is a young up-and-comer quickly developing an international performing career. His voice has been lauded by Stage and Cinema as possessing “beauty, freedom of tone, and outstanding breath control.” Most recent honors include being named a 2023 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition winner and receiving the First Prize and the Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Zarzuela Prize at Operalia, 2022. He has also received a Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation. Other accolades include being featured in Opera News magazine and being named “Best up-and-comer” in the Inland Empire Magazine’s “Best of the Best 2019” list, among other prestigious awards.

During the 2022/2023 season, Anthony was contracted as a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. Anthony’s newest engagements at LA Opera include opening the 2023/2024 season with his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. At LA Opera, he has also sung Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello, Pelléas in Impressions de Pelléas, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Spoletta in Tosca, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. Beyond Los Angeles, during the summer of 2023, Anthony made debuts both at the Festivald’Aix-en-Provence and the Salzburg Festival, singing the roles of the Teapot, Frog, and Mathematician in Ravel’s Das Kind und die Zauberdinge (L’enfant et les sortilèges). He has also recently been on tour performing the roles of Giove and Amphinome in Monteverdi’s opera, Il ritornod’Ulisse in patria, with the ensemble I Gemelli. On tour, Anthony performed at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, France; Arsenal Theater in Metz, France; and Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland. A recorded album of the opera with Ensemble I Gemelli was released in September 2023 on all music platforms and has won international awards.

Anthony is based in California, USA

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Jan 2024
Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
Dutch National Opera - The Shell Trial
May 2024
Sante Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Santa Fe
Sante Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Beethoven 9
Jul 2024
Aix-en-Provence Festival
Aix-en-Provence Festival - Il Ritorno d'Ulisse - Telemaco


Selected Repertoire

ARGENTO Postcard from Morocco (Mr Owen)
BIZETCarmen (Le Remendado)   •   The Pearl Fishers (Nadir)
BRITTENThe Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus)   •   A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander)
DEBUSSYImpressions of Pelléas (Pelléas)
DONIZETTILucia di Lammermoor (Normanno)   •   Don Pasquale (Ernesto)   •   L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino)
GILBERT & SULIVANThe Pirates of Penzance (Frederic)
HUMPERDINCKHänsel und Gretel (The Witch)
MONTEVERDIIl ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Giove)
MOZARTDon Giovanni (Don Ottavio)   •   Le nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio)   •   Il re pastore (Agenore)   •   Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)
POULENCDialogue des Carmélites (Le Chevalier de la Force)
PUCCINIla Tosca (Spoletta)
RAVELL’enfant et les sortilèges (Teapot/Arithmetic/Tree Frog)
ROSSINIIl barbiere di siviglia (Count Almaviva)
VERDIOtello (Roderigo)   •   Falstaff (Fenton)



  • MOZART - Don Giovanni

    Los Angeles Opera, LA
    Sep 2023
    • Rising star Anthony León’s role debut as Don Ottavio was spectacular. In his rendition of “Il Mio Tesoro” (“My Treasure”), a veritable vocal obstacle course, he flawlessly executed every point with a remarkable level of sophistication and grace. His light lyric tenor instrument showed beauty, freedom of tone, and outstanding breath control. León, an LA Opera young artist, has recently won grand prizes in the two of the most prestigious global opera competitions, Operalia and the Metropolitan Opera Laffont competition. While León’s repertoire has so far been wide-ranging (from Baroque to Verdi), the right role choices could launch him into becoming one of the finest lyric tenors tenors of our time, leaving the heavier Verdi and Puccini roles for later in his career.