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B i o g r a p h y


 Praised for his “Outstanding Singing” and “Big, bass-y baritone” by The Dallas Morning News,
dramatic baritone Joseph Canuto Leon is an emerging artist beginning to make strides in the classical
voice world. Originally from Des Moines, Joseph has been featured with Florida Grand Opera, The Da
Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Charlottesville Opera, American Baroque Opera Company, Painted Sky
Opera, and Opera on the James.

Major roles in Joseph’s repertoire include Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Tonio and Silvio

(I pagliacci), Ford (Falstaff), Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème), Il conte
d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) The Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Donner (Das Rheingold), The
Father (Hansel and Gretel), Baron Zeta (The Merry Widow), Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Polyphemus (Acis and
), and Belcore (The Dallas Opera’s abridged production of The Elixir of Love).
His recent performance as Barone Douphol in Florida Grand Opera’s 2023 production of La
traviata garnered strong reviews from multiple critics. South Florida Classical Review said, “...Joseph
Canuto Leon brought a domineering menace to Baron Douphol…The relationship between Violetta and
Baron Douphol was front and center from the opera’s beginning rather than a reaction to abandoning
Alfredo." Pro Opera AC said “Joseph Canuto Leon did not disappoint as Barone Douphol”, and Palm
Beach Arts Paper wrote “The Baron has less to sing, but Joseph Canuto Leon came through as a decided

Joseph is a graduate of the University of North Texas (MM 2017) and Iowa State University (BM
2013, George Washington Carver Scholar) and is a voice student of baritone Michael Chioldi.
His professional training

came as a member of the Young Artist Programs of Florida Grand Opera (2023-2024), The Dallas Opera (2021-2023),
Chautauqua Opera (2024), Charlottesville Opera (2022), and the Russian Opera Workshop at AVA




Joseph as Schaunard in Painted Sky Opera's production of La boheme. Featuring Erik Earl Larson as Marcello, J Warren Mitchell as Rodolfo, Jonathan Moots as Colline, and Yu He as Benoit  

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