JESUS DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TENOR
IN MEMORY OF FRANCISCO
Jesus Daniel Hernández, tenor was born and raised in Juarez Mexico, and moved to the United States as a teenager. In 2003, Jesus chose to enlist in the US Army, and soon after, volunteered to serve in a Chemical Unit being deployed to Iraq. In 2007, a chance encounter with Plácido Domingo in San Antonio, TX changed his life. After a concert given by Maestro Domingo, Jesus Daniel asked if he could sing for the great tenor to see what the Maestro thought of his voice. Upon hearing the young soldier sing, Maestro Domingo invited the tenor to join the prestigious Plácido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera. While a participant in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Jesus Daniel performed with The Washington National Opera in the productions of Lucrezia Borgia-G. Donizetti, La Traviata-G. Verdi (YA), Falstaff-G. Verdi (WNO Look-In), and in Hamlet-A. Thomas. Jesus Daniel’s other roles have included performances il Duka di Mantua in Rigoletto-G. Verdi, Rodolfo in La Boheme-G. Puccini, Camille in The Merry Widow-F. Lehar, Alfredo in La Traviata-Verdi, Andrea Chenier in Andrea Chenier, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Macbeth as Macduff.