BiographyJuan José Lopera was born in Colombia and qualified as a medical doctor before he began studying singing. For three years he combined this with his work as a doctor before coming to Europe in 1993. He continued his studies at the Opera School of the Bayerische Opera in Munich for two years.
He won the international Singing Competition orgarised by the Germany Radio ARD in 1994.
In 1995 he became a member of the Innsbruck Opera where he has sung Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera.
He has been invited to sing in Dresden, Hannover, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, Strasbourg, Seville and at the Vienna Staatsoper. His engagements have included Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola in Seville, Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Brussels, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto in Dresden and Montpellier. Until 1998 he sang regularly at the Stuttgart Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
He sings regularly at the Vienna State Opera in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L'Italiana in Algeri. He made his Italian debut at the San Carlo Naples in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. At the Rome Opera he sang La Cenerentola. Recent engagements also included L'Italiana in Algeri at the Netherlands Opera and Tonio in La Fille du Regiment in St. Gallen.
In the season 2000/2001 he made his debut as Henry in Die Schweigsame Frau in a new production at the Châtelet in Paris under Christoph von Dohnanyi and sang the role of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Covent Garden, in Palermo Madrid and Tel Aviv. He also made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro singing Peleo in Le Nozze di Teti e Peleo.
Recent engagements included La Cenerentola at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and in Helsinki, Don Pasquale in Brussels, Die Schweigsame Frau in Marseille, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Vienna, Il Turco in Italia in Oviedo and Così fan tutte in Treviso, Il Re Pastore in Brussels, Il Marito Disperato and La Cenerentola in Napoli, L'Italiana in Algeri in Strassbourg, La Cenerentola in Dresden and Tokyo.
Future projects include, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Vienna and Bari, La Cenerentola and Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Munich, Il Socrate Immaginario in Napoli, Il Re Pastore in Brussels, La Cenerentola and Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Helsinki, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni in Strassbourg, Così fan tutte and Don Pasquale in Geneva.