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Opera in Two Acts



Slideshow Presentation

From the Original Live Performance

Photo and Audio Recording


Jesús Quiñones Ledesma



“Un Tal Gioco

 and  Vesti La Giubba

Audio Recording and Photography Courtesy of

Eduardo Ledesma (Ed Leets)

Jesús Quiñones Ledesma  as  CANIO



Invitational live Performance

The Performing Arts Society  on 11-11-1977

White Plains Auditorium, Westchester, New York


Ledesma: A real "Quixote"

By: Lou Cevetillo

Last fall, Puerto Rico’s most famous Tenor since Antonio Paoli made his debut in Westchester: Jesús Quiñones Ledesma sang with the Performing Arts Society in Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. He was greeted with public as well as critical acclaim for his powerful voice and interpretation. Ledesma, the founder of APTEL, one of Puerto Rico’s primary Opera companies – with several famous American singers – will perform the veristic duo, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Paglicacci, Aug. 18-19 in Puerto Rico.

In this outstanding cast, headed by Ledesma’s Canio, will be the American dramatic soprano, Margherite Ruffino, who gained great reputation as one of the largest soprano voices since Eileen Farrell. Miss Ruffino’s famous interpretation of Santuzza, in Pietro Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana, has been heard in many of the major U.S. cities. Joining Miss Ruffino and Ledesma is the Metropolitan Opera’s Ryan Edwards, who will sing Tonio in I Pagliacci. Edwards, a young lyric baritone, has been assigned several major roles with the Met since his debut two seasons ago.

Westchester’s own Franco Gratale will be returning to Puerto Rico to serve as stage director for this double bill. His recent successes with the Performing Arts Society last season help to make that season the most successful of that company. Maestro Joseph Rescigno of Manhattan will conduct these performances. The remainder of the casts will be filled with native singers and members of Aptel.


Regularly writes on opera for Sunday magazine.

Westchester Rockland Newspapers

August 14,1978


L. Cevetillo, Westchester Rockland Newspaper:

As PAGLIACCI: "Tenor Ricardo Ledesma’s debut in the role of CANIO eclipsed the memory of all other CANIOS since the days of Mario del Monaco."

William Carroll Schwartz, Opera News

"Pagliacci was made notable by the New York debut of tenor Ricardo Ledesma as CANIO. His voice at full volume has impact and vitality, but he also knows how to sing pianissimo and can shape a phrase expressively."

Hector Lopez

Una de las voces de tenor Dramático más imponentes en el mundo de la Opera.  Que fuerza! Increíble.

Rosa D’Imperio

A formidable presence, will be missed and we must work together to make his legacy be known for future generations of singers and opera lovers.