He has won grants from The Vilcek Foundation, The Nando Peretti Foundation, The Solti Foundation, the Palm Springs Opera Guild, the Institute Sonora of Culture, Festival Ortiz Tirado, the American Institute of Fine Arts, and the Opera Buffs Inc. of Los Angeles.
Jesús has performed in the principles cities of the United States, Cuba, Thailand, England, Belgium, Italy and Mexico. Also, he performed as featured soloist at the 2005 and 2007 Equestrian World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.
His repertoire includes Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Rodolfo in La Bohème, among others.
The first role of Jesús in an opera was in México in October 2004, when he performed Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 he sang the lead tenor role of Leonardo in the world premiere of Ian Krouse’s opera, Lorca, Child of the Moon with UCLA Opera Studio in Los Angeles.
At the 2005 New Opera Festival di Roma, Jesús performed the roles of Rodolfo, and The Duke of Mantua under the conductor Stefano Vignati. With the Festival Euromediterraneo he sang the tenor solo in Carmina Burana in the Roman Amphitheater Ostia Antica under the conductor Laura Simionato. Soon after, he joined the prestigious Opera Institute at Boston University where he performed the leading tenor roles in Weill’s Mahagonny and Youkali, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Arkady in A Month in the Country under the conductor William Lumpkin.
In 2006 he covered Almaviva in The Barber of Seville at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In the summer of same year, he was a member of the 2006 Solti Accademia di bel Canto where he was coached by Mirella Freni and performed three concerts under the conductor Gianna Fratta in Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto and Firenze, Italy. Also in this year he was an inaugural member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program for 2006/2007 at LA Opera.
In April 2007, Jesús performed concerts for the Italian Ambassador in London and for the Princess of Chimay in Brussels. In the summer of same year, Jésus joined Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program and covered the role of Ferrando in Così fan Tutte.
In the 2008-2009 Season, Mr. León’s performances included the roles of Il duca di Mantova in Rigoletto with San Francisco Lyric Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata in Viterbo, Italy and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Riverside Opera. He also covered Cavaradossi in Tosca and the role of Don José in Carmen, both at Royal Albert Hall in London.
As popular for his concert and recital programs, he performed four concerts in Bangkok, Thailand with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and two concerts for the Solti Foundation: a Solti 10th Anniversary Concert at Wigmore Hall in London and one at The Lost Three Club in Palm Beach, Florida. He sang recitals for the Opera Guild of Los Angeles, the Opera Buffs Inc, the American Institute of Fine Arts in Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Opera Guild at the Rancho Mirage Library and Opera in the Park.
He covered Fenton in Falstaff at the Glyndebourne 2009 summer festival, role that he repeated in the tour of the same festival in October, November and December.
For the 2010 season he will perform Alfredo in La Traviata with West Bay Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Grange Park Opera and sing concerts at Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles.