Biography of César [cantante puertorriqueño] Hernández (1970-VVVV)

Lyrical singer born in San Juan on October 13, 1970, considered the most relevant Puerto Rican tenor of the last decade of the 20th century.

He received his first training at the Conservatory of music of the Puerto Rican capital, to then complete studies at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, thanks to the help of Professor David Pastor Benítez and friends of young singers. With only sixteen years old, in December 1986 he made his debut as an amateur, with great success, in a contest organized by the Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and in 1989 began his professional career in Opera New Jersey, playing the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème by Puccini.

In 1991 he traveled to Europe to sing at the inauguration of the Italian Festival of Spoleto, where he was chosen by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti for the European premiere of Goya, opera which had been released previously in America by Plácido Domingo, and which has been so far one of their biggest hits. In 1992 the famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti invited you to sing alongside him in one of the concerts of Pavarotti and Friends, from the album Live from Lincoln Center!, and that same year gave a recital for the Prince Carlos of England. In 1993 he took part in a gala concert at the Opera of Monaco, in honor of Prince Rainier, and was Cavaradossi of Tosca, her best role in the opinion of the critics, in a private performance for the Kings of Sweden.

From the mid-1990s César Hernández has been reclaimed by the main stages of the world, among others, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin German Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, or the theatre of la Zarzuela of Madrid, with an operatic repertoire in which stand out, in addition to those already mentioned, La Traviata, Carmen, Romeo and JulietDon Carlo, Lucia di Lammemoor, Rigoletto and MacBeth. In 1997 he recorded the Spanish opera Amaya, Jesús Guridi, who subsequently returned to sing in Basque directed by Theo Alcántara; He premiered a new production of La Bohème in Belgium and the Requiem by Verdi, France; While in the following year arose in the renovated Teatro Real in Madrid with Carmen and la Maestranza of Seville with Don Carlo.

César Hernández is one of the singers Hispanic most welcome in the United States, with performances in operas such as Los Angeles, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, Denver, Miami and New Jersey, not to mention the successes obtained in his own native island. Her best recordings include, in addition to the already mentioned Goya, Amaya, and Verdi's Requiem, a disc of arias with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lalo Schifrin, and other romantic songs entitled Dónde estás Corazón.