Reviews

Reviews

Werther (Werther)

Opera de Lyon

  • The Telegraph / Rupert Christiansen

    January 25, 2011

    "Artuo Chacón-Cruz’s Werther has youth and charm on his side, and he sings with bags of glowing passion if not ideal elegance."

  • La Libre / Nicolas Blanmont

    January 27, 2011

    "Mais la réussite de la soirée tient aussi à l’excellence du plateau. Le rôle-titre revient à Arturo Chacon-Cruz, déjà admiré l’an passé à Liège en Duc de Mantoue puis en Rodolfo : le ténor, mexicain lui aussi et manifestement adoubé par Villazón, offre un timbre solide et charnu à défaut d’être immédiatement séduisant et, si son intonation est parfois prise en défaut dans l’aigu, sa diction française est remarquable, et sa vaillance et sa présence sont incontestables."

  • The Financial Times / Andrew Clark

    February 01, 2011

    "And if, as expected, Covent Garden needs a replacement for Villazón in May, it need look no further than Arturo Chacón-Cruz... sweet-toned and musical, and perfect-looking as the introspective young dreamer."

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann)

Theater an der Wien

  • GBopera.it / Andrea Dellabianca

    January 21, 2012

    "Arturo Chacon Cruz nei panni di Hoffmann ha sostenuto una prestazione eccellente. Il tenore possiede un timbro lirico gradevole e caratterizzato da qualche suggestiva brunitura...Esibendo grande padronanza del suo strumento e con una spavalderia del registro acuto davvero piacevole all’ascolto. L’aspetto giovanile e scarmigliato non ha mancato di renderlo simpaticamente attraente, in aggiunta ad una recitazione partecipe e brillante."

  • Kurier / Peter Jarolin

    May 07, 2012

    "Der junge Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz hat die geforderten Spitzentöne (etwa bei der "Kleinzack-Arie"), den nötigen Schmelz und ein schönes Timbre. ..... Als Typ ist er ohnehin optimal besetzt."

  • Die Presse / Wilhelm Sinkowicz

    May 07, 2012

    "....was seine hohen Töne anlangt, ist er siegesgewiss. Die kommen mit Attacke und metallischem Glanz, wie man es kaum bei einem Kollegen heutzutage hören kann."

     

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann)

Teatro alla Scala di Milano

  • GB Opera / Andrea Dellabianca

    January 21, 2012

    Arturo Chacon Cruz nei panni di Hoffmann ha sostenuto una prestazione eccellente. Il tenore possiede un timbro lirico gradevole e caratterizzato da qualche suggestiva brunitura...esibendo grande padronanza del suo strumento e con una spavalderia del registro acuto davvero piacevole all’ascolto. L’aspetto giovanile e scarmigliato non ha mancato di renderlo simpaticamente attraente, in aggiunta ad una recitazione partecipe e brillante.

Roméo et Juliette (Roméo)

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

  • Concerto.net / Jeff Haller

    February 24, 2012

    "...his is a thrilling hero and he was easily the star of the evening."

  • South Florida Classical Review / David Fleshler

    February 25, 2012

    "....his portrayal of Roméo was passionate and powerful with plenty of vocal excitement. With a fast vibrato and a faint raw edge to his voice, he was a convincing romantic lead. He brought brilliant high notes to Ah! lêve-toi soleil at Juliette’s balcony and  a desperate, if rough-hewn passion to Ah! jour de deuilas he realizes he will be exiled and forever separated from Juliette."

Rigoletto (II Duca di Mantova)

War Memorial Opera House

  • San Francisco Gate / Joshua Kosman

    September 09, 2012

    As the Duke, tenor Arturo Chacon Cruz made a company debut of enormous grace, charisma and stamina. Here, clearly, is a singer of major promise.

  • Arthound / Geneva Anderson

    September 11, 2012

    "The handsome Mexican lyrical tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz embodied the Duke of Mantua better than any tenor I’ve seen, playing the boastful and cavorting cad to the hilt."

  • War Opera Horses

    September 12, 2012

    "Chacon-Cruz proved to be the ingredient missing in the most recent mountings of the opera in San Francisco, a tenor who can hold his own in casts containing world class Rigolettos and Gildas...."

  • San Francisco Examiner / Stephen Smoliar

    September 17, 2012

    "Most notable was the San Francisco Opera debut of Arturo Chacón-Cruz as the Duke of Mantua. Chacón-Cruz has a well-polished voice that he never distorts through forcefulness...."

Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)

Teatro Campoamor

  • La Nueva España / Cuca Alonso

    October 20, 2012

    "Ah, pero aún faltaba lo mejor, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, tenor, en el papel de Edgardo. Ocurre que en las primeras escenas de «Lucia de Lammermoor» Edgardo tiene intervenciones muy breves, no hila un aria completa y nos quedó aquel leve regusto a excelencia que no pudimos saborear hasta el estallido del drama. Pocas veces se puede admirar una voz tan despegada de su cuerpo, ni una sola adherencia. Era la voz de su espíritu, liberado de la carne. Qué tenor tan extraordinario. En realidad, creo que esta vez el maestro Donizetti volvió para reencarnarse en el director Marzio Conti, que estaba en un trance, y se iba, se iba por los ensueños de aquella música, de aquella voz."

I due Foscari (Jacopo Foscari)

Gasteig Hall, Munich

  • Munich Merkur / Christof Fiedler

    February 12, 2013

    "Arturo Chacon-Cruz (Tenor), hier als Jacopo Foscari ist eine Entdeckung vom Placido Domingo. Also Sohn des Dogen verkörpert Chacon-Cruz das Inbild eines Belcantosaengers. Technisch stark und emotional differenziert legt er seine Rolle an, was sich besonders eindrucksvoll am ende des zweites Aktes manifestiert, wenn Jacopo in "Nell'esilio moriro" die im Text fein angelegte Grenzlinie zwischen Demut und Vorwurf silbern herausbeißet. Bravo!"

Rigoletto (II Duca di Mantova)

Festival International d'Art Lyrique

  • gbopera.com

    July 04, 2013

    Arturo Chacon Cruz (il Duca di Mantova) è un giovane tenore di origine messicana con fisico e voce adatte al ruolo, attento nel delineare un personaggio brillante e vigoroso. Senza dubbio, con una maggiore maturazione, la sua voce ci auguriamo, guadagnerà in ampiezza, ma il timbro è buono e capace di affermarsi nella linea musicale. Ha riscosso  un vivo e meritato successo.

Verdi Gala (Tenor Solo)

Festival Internacional Cervantino

  • El Universal / Ana Pinon

    October 15, 2013

    El tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz es un artista carismático que poco a poco empieza a ser un profeta en su tierra. Hace 15 años que no vive en México y aunque ha tenido una ascendente carrera es hasta hace un par de años que se le escucha con mayor frecuencia en el país.

I due Foscari (Jacopo Foscari)

Theater an der Wien

  • Der Neue Merker / Renate Wagner

    January 17, 2014

    Arturo Chacón-Cruz zurück, der hier ja kein Unbekannter ist. Seit seinem Hoffmann im Sommer 2012 hat er stimmlich einiges verbessert, neben den immer sicheren Höhen klingt jetzt auch die Mittellage freier, und abgesehen davon, dass er immer dieselbe Verzweiflung verströmen muss, weil die Rolle darstellerisch nicht mehr bietet, ist er als tenoraler Held hier auf der Höhe seines großen „Papas“ (der auch gewissermaßen ein Schutzherr von Chacón-Cruz ist, wie sich Domingo ja um viele erfolgreiche Teilnehmer seiner „Operalia“ nachhaltig kümmert).

Manon (Chevalier des Grieux)

Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes

  • Milenio.com / Vladimiro Rivas Iturralde

    March 14, 2014

    "Arturo Chacón es su amante, el Caballero des Grieux. Formado bajo la tutela de Plácido Domingo y Ramón Vargas, Chacón posee una voz y un canto con la luminosidad de Domingo y el carácter plañidero de Vargas. Movió adecuadamente su tesitura entre el canto íntimo de “En fermant les yeux”, una prueba de musicalidad y buen gusto para un tenor lírico, y la más expansiva y famosísima “Ah, fuyez douce image”. Posee, además, una juvenil y carismática presencia escénica, muy adecuada para el personaje."

  • Proceso / Raul Díaz

    March 15, 2014

    "Elogiable fue la participación de Chacón como ese desafortunado Chevalier que pierde todo, incluso a su amada definitivamente, rol que cantó e interpretó en la mejor actuación que le haya visto y escuchado y ya con esto está dicho todo."

Rigoletto (il Duca di Mantova)

La Monnaie

  • Belgische Rundfunk / Hans Reul

    May 11, 2014

    "Arturo Chacon-Cruz singt mit sehr virilem Tenor einen Herzog von Mantua, dem man den Spaß an der Verführung und auch seinen Erfolg bei den Frauen sofort abnimmt, Anne-Catherine Gillet ist eine wunderbare Gilda."

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Theater an der Wien

  • News.at

    July 02, 2014

    "Gesungen wird vorzüglich, vor allem vom ausdrucksstarken Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Alfredo), der unter der Führung Konwitschnys Führung auch darstellerisch Außerordentliches zu bieten hat. Roberto Frontali (Germont) gefällt. Gaia Petrone (Annina) und Igor Bakan (Dottore Grenvil) würde man gern bald in größeren Partien sehen."

  • Der Neue Merker / Dr. Renate Wagner

    July 02, 2014

    "Ähnlich überzeugend auch Arturo Chacón-Cruz: bebrillt, Strickjacke, immer ein Buch in der Hand – er muss den Alfredo darstellerisch gänzlich gegen den Strich bürsten, für einen „echten“ Liebhaber fast uninteressiert wirken. Aber er ist doch bewundernswert in dieser Darstellung – und ein Sänger mit Ausdruck, Höhe und Kraft "

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Los Angeles Opera

  • Opera Warhorses

    September 15, 2014

    "Arturo Chacon-Cruz’ silky-smooth lyric tenor used so effectively in an ardent portrayal of Alfredo Germont"

  • Los Angeles Register / Timothy Mangan

    September 15, 2014

    "Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz was her appropriately impetuous Alfredo, neatly tailoring his phrasing to vault forward".

  • L.A. Observed / Donna Perlmutter

    September 21, 2014

    "Arturo Chacón-Cruz, a sweetly smitten Alfredo, looked the callow part and sang with delectably pleasing tone and a cry in his voice reminiscent of Jussi Björling."

  • Opera News / Simon Williams

    November 16, 2014

    "This was a musically distinguished performance. Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz has a voice that is packed with Italianate lyricism, and there is a pleasingly intimate quality to his singing. The tenor’s boyishness is ideal for Alfredo, who in Chacón-Cruz’s hands oscillated between defiance and total despair; at key moments, such as “Parigi, o cara,” the strength of Alfredo’s emotions came to the fore, so that he led the duet with acute passion."

Florencia en el Amazonas (Arcadio)

Los Angeles Opera

  • Opera News / Simon Williams

    November 22, 2014

    The perturbing conflict between adoration and youthful terror at commitment received compelling treatment by "Lisette Oropesa and Arturo Chacón-Cruz, the young lovers Rosalba and Arcadio. Both are attractive and personable performers; while Oropesa’s voice is still light and supple, there are hints in it of the darker dramatic roles that Florencia herself would have been master of. Chacón-Cruz sang with disarming lightness, leavened by irony and despair."

Norma (Pollione)

Al Bustan Festival 2015

  • Concerto Net / Paul du Quenoy

    March 11, 2015

    "Arturo Chacon-Cruz added his promising talent as Pollione, the lover of both female characters. A finely tuned instrument resounded in this challenging tenor part, scaling to impressive heights and adding spine chilling verve to the trio that precedes the stretta finale of Act I."

Carmen (Don José)

Opera de Lyon

  • Forum Opera / Fabrice Malkani

    May 09, 2015

    "Le Don José d’Arturo Chacón-Cruz bénéficie d’une puissance vocale indéniable"

Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)

Los Angeles Opera

  • Opera News / Simon Williams

    September 12, 2015

    "Domingo still sings with impressive heft in the upper ranges of his voice...Meredith Arwady’s cavernous tones gave a dark coloring to the constantly simmering fury of her Zita, while Craig Colclough, as Simone, sang with a flashes of authority. Arturo Chacón-Cruz was a fresh, clear-voiced Rinuccio, and Greg Fedderly and Stacey Tappan were a grasping Gherardo and Nella."

  • L.A. Observer / Donna Perlmutter

    September 27, 2015

    "Other cast notables include Arturo Chacón-Cruz, that handsome young tenor whose voice gets more tenderly appealing and ear-caressing in it freshness each time we hear him (any day now he, too, will be wooed away by the Met)." 

Werther (Werther)

Hungarian State Opera

  • The Budapest Times / Kiára Árgenta

    October 30, 2015

    "Arturo Chacón-Cruz brings such emotion to Werther with the voice of absolute desolation and heartbreak stretching out into infinity. He can no more have Charlotte than possess the moon but with a voice such as his, anything seems within his grasp.
    Massenet’s gentle yet ever spiraling musical score never overpowers the performers. By Act 3 the tragedy has escalated and enveloped surely the hardest of hearts in the Opera House."

London Philharmonic Orchestra (Concert)

Royal Festival Hall

  • Music OMH / Barry Creasy

    November 07, 2015

    "After this the mood changed once more, and the orchestra was joined again by Arturo Chacón-Cruz for a medley of popular Mexican song from the mid-20th century – María Grever’s Júrame, Consuelo Velásquez’s Bésame Mucho and Augustín Lara’s Granada (to which Chacón-Cruz added, as encores, Lara’s Solamente una vez and Juan Gabriel’s Amor Eterno). Chacón-Cruz sang these in perfectly judged style, with just the right amount of wobble, sob, and heroic top-notes, and the orchestra went into full-on lush Latin ballroom style; the Royal Festival Hall lacked only a disco ball for the full effect to take hold."

Gala por mi XV Aniversario de Carrera (Concert)

Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes

  • El Universal / Alida Piñón

    November 14, 2015

    http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/cultura/musica/2015/11/14/arturo-chacon-celebra-15-anos-de-trayectoria-en-bellas-artes

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

  • Doce Notas / Ovidi di Cardona

    July 04, 2016

    "La napolitana Maria Grazia Schiavo fue la encargada de interpretar el exigente rol de Violetta Valéryalcanzando un gran triunfo la noche del pasado 25 de junio. Un servidor la había escuchado moverse como pez en agua en el repertorio tardo-barroco hace ya unos años, pero su recreación romana de la cortesana verdiana la avala como una de las grandes voces del repertorio romántico italiano. A su lado, el joven tenor mejicano Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Alfredo Germont) se reivindicó como tenor lírico con un canto de fraseo elegante, intuitivo, un timbre grato, un vigoroso carácter y unos brillantes agudos."

    (Arturo Chacon-Cruz showed us a lyric tenor with elegant and intuitive phrasing, a pleasant timbre, vigorous character and a brilliant top.)

Macbeth (Macduff)

Los Angeles Opera

  • Bachtrack / Laurence Vittes

    September 21, 2016

    "An extremely sweet-toned Arturo Chacon-Cruz's Macduff broke hearts with his big Aria"

  • Opera Today / Maria Nockin

    September 24, 2016

    "Arturo Chacón-Cruz was a poignant Macduff who sang with a lyrical sound and exquisite grace. He seemed surprised by the warm reception his aria garnered." - See more at: http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/09/placido_domingo.php#sthash.lrY9qINY.dpuf

  • Seen and Heard International / Jane Rosenberg

    September 24, 2016

    "Arturo Chacón-Cruz, a strong lyric tenor, gave voice to Macduff, who ultimately murders Macbeth, in Verdi’s beautifully written aria of Act IV"

  • LA Observed / Donna Perlmutter

    September 26, 2016

    "But it was Arturo Chacón-Cruz, singing Macduff's aria with extraordinarily sweet and gorgeous tone, who won the bel canto sweepstakes."

  • L.A. Weekly / Falling James

    September 27, 2016

    "L.A. Opera regular Arturo Chacón-Cruz steals several scenes as a sterling-voiced Macduff, in another heroic role that further cements the Mexican vocalist’s position as a rising tenor in the tradition of Domingo."

  • Frontiers Media / Christopher Cappiello

    September 27, 2016

    "LA Opera favorite Arturo Chacon-Cruz was the surprise of the night, with his confident, sure tenor presenting a grounded and heartrending performance of Macduff’s plaintive “Ah, la paterna mano.” Chacon-Cruz has grown in recent years, and one looks forward to the leading roles he will grow into for future seasons."