was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.From earlyage, he exhibited a great artistic
talent in music, starting to study music since elementary
school.He took singing
lessons and continued his vocal studies upon High School graduation.
STUDIES IN ITALY(1950–1956)
Surprisingly Ledesma, at the age of sixteen, took a long journey to
Italy, and studied for six consecutive years with Apollo Granforte, one of the best world known baritone singers.During a time period, Grandforte
went to work for the Opera Theater in Turkey, and brought with him “Gesu”, (Ledesma), to continue
the lessons as a lyric tenor.
As a twenty year old winner of
“Young Artist’s competition”,ALISCO in 1955, Ledesma, performed his first debut in Milano, Italy, at the Nuovo Theatre, singing Pietro Mascagni’s opera ”Lodoletta”.At the season opening,Ledesma, who waschosen from a group of more
than seven-hundred tenors, sang as “Flammen”.
It was an outstanding
success, which opened other doors of opportunity that brought him to
France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Switzerland.
PROFESIONAL ARTISTIC PORTAFOLIO
In 1956, Ledesma returned to his homeland, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he met
and married his loving wife, Zelma Egea Quinones,
who are still together.At his
arrival, Ledesma received a fellowship award,
from the Secretary of education Mariano Villaronga,
which allowed him endeavor his music career in the city of New York. He
sang in various concerts around the city.At the Auditorium of Hunter’s College, he shared the stage, with a
worldwide renowned Cuban pianist, Jorge Bollet.
Y HOTELES (1957-1959)
A year after, Ledesma returned to his home land with his wife, and
prepared to have their first child.As he continued his career, he worked for a bank, as a lending
officer.And during this period, he
sang with music from a diverse repertoire, for television shows as well as
various theaters and hotels in the city of San Juan.Ledesma,
worked together with one of the most famous Argentinean singers, Libertad Lamarque, during a concert tour that took them around
JesúsQuiñonesLedesma, explored his
efforts to further develop his artistic abilities in search for a wider
market, which then granted him with new challenging career opportunities in
radio programs. He also continued furthering his singing career in the UnitedStates, Caracas, Venezuela, and Havana,
Cuba where he performed,as
prestigious hotels, cultural centers,
In 1958, JesúsQuiñonesLedesma
launched his first radio program, "Filigranas Musicales" (Musical Filigree"), Broadcasting Saturdays live from WRIO, radio station.This momentum marked the start
of his company “Ledesma
establishing a long term relationship with the general public producing
various radio shows including; “ Cabalgata, Fin de Semana”, “ JoyeroPoético Musical” con Joaquin Padín” and Lo de Hoy, a daly program, during the traffic jam time in WKAQ, Radio El Mundo. The radio
showcased artists with personal interviews and performances.
Ledesma went about expanding his business beyond radio
program productions. He organized and produced an annual popular music
performing event “Festival de Popularidad” that was broadcasted on television. It
featured vocal artists and presented music awards of the finest well-known
artists. Ledesma transformed his company into a
profitable business empire that continued to provide astonishing
productions for more than a decade.
Aptel, Inc. has been a non-profit corporation that
was incorporated in 1973, under the Laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico, to focus on producing opera music performance that brought together
new exciting career opportunities to Puerto Rican artists, in order to
enhance their development process, and help establish recognition.
“AgrupaciónPuertorriqueña de TeatroLirico”, was a non-profit cultural institution founded
by JesúsQuiñonesLedesma and Dr. David Pastor Benitez in 1973 to enhance
the singing career of Young artists in search of a first opportunity; to
lift their dreams and become a truthful reality.Their goals were to seek, design, develop
and present performing concerts and significant opera productions to the
Puerto Rican Communities
Aptel, Inc. presented a number of major opera
productions during its first six years. In December 1973, APTEL Inc. featured their first opening of “EL Trovador”.It was
the initial historical effort of a glorious achievement, in the
opera world, with an
entire group of Puerto Rican participants.The first contribution received by APTEL
Inc. was granted by the Government of Puerto Rico through the “Instituto de CulturaPuertorriqueña”, (Puerto Rican Institute of
However, due to the high cost of
opera productions, APTEL would not have been able to sustain and continue
its mission.A new business proposal
was established with the concept of presenting a musical concert tour,
featuring well-known Puerto Rican and International artists, done twice a
year for some time, and then later just once.Aptel, Inc.
also made a great effort to promote young Puerto Rican artists to help them
develop their talent. The music tour traveled all around the island,
performing in many different institutions, universities, technical
colleges, cultural centers and more.
In 1979, Ledesma organized
the only recital concert for the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, during the
Eighth Pan American Games, with artists from various Latin American
countries, including Colombia and Ecuador.
Prior to returning to the
island, Jesus QuiñonesLedesma, also known as Ricardo Ledesma)sang in Europe, La Rondine,
Lammermoor, Marina and La Traviata.
He had been applauded in the roles of Manricoin Il Trovatore, Canio in Pagliacci, Radames in Aida, CavalleriaRusticana in Turridu,
Luigi in Il Tabarro,
the Moor of Venicem, in Othello.
His voice had been heard in White Plains, New York, Hunter’s
College, NY, Rochester, NY, Providence, Rhode Island, Reno, Nevada,
Hartford Connecticut, Danbury, CT, Bridgeport, CT, Town Hall, NY, Carnegie
Hall, NY, Cami Hall, NY, Weill-Carnegie Recital Hall, NY, Mamaroneck,
Westchester, Lehman College Theatre, en el Bronx, NY, Dade County
Auditorium, Miami, Washington University, Teatro Nuovo, Italia, Universidad
de Madrid, Teatro Cervantes,Málaga,Spain, Teatro Cervantes, Sevilla, Spain,
Suiza, Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA,Oakland, CA, Yahat’s festival in
Venezuela. Teatro Municipal, Caracas, Venezuela, among many of the concerts
sponsored by APTEL, Inc. in
Puerto Rico.Jesús Quiñones Ledesmaexcelled inthe business ofadvertising and public
relations, as an entrepreneurand producer intheater, radio and television.
He has faithfully
dedicated much of his life in bringing the cultural elements throughout the
people in Puerto Rico. Ledesma, retired from
performing in 2005, but continued producing concert tours with local and
international artists in Puerto Rico until 2011.Following the steps of his mentor Apollo Granforte; he became a mentor and “maestro” to aspiring
Opera singers; his students spanning the globe and coming from as far as
Russia and Germany.It is through
his mentorship and writings JesúsQuiñonesLedesmapasses on to figure singers the old craft of
vocal techniques known as ‘Bel Canto’.
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