Jesus Daniel Hernández was born and raised in Juarez Mexico, and moved to the United States as a teenager. He enlisted in the US Army, and soon after, volunteered to serve in a Chemical Unit being deployed to Iraq. A chance encounter with Plácido Domingo in San Antonio, about 10 years ago changed his life. After a concert given by Maestro Domingo, Specialist Hernández 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. He moved to Washington, DC to pursue his boyhood dream of being a professional singer.
While a participant in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Jesus performed with The Washington National Opera in the productions of Lucrezia Borgia, La Traviata, Falstaff (WNO Look-In), and in Hamlet-A. Thomas. Other roles have included performances il Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) Rodolfo (Boheme), Camille (Merry Widow), Alfredo (Traviata), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Cavaradossi (Tosca)(, Turiddu (Cavalleria), Pinkerton (Butterfly), and numerous Zarzuelas. His experience includes concert performances for NEA Opera Honors ceremonies, the Horatio Awards at the United States Supreme Court, and numerous concerts in Europe. His upcoming album as a solo artist “L’orologio” is coming this fall in Itunes and Spotify, and he will be debuting his first Macduff (Macbeth) in Youngstown Ohio in November.
“... it was delightful to see his [Plácido Domingo’s] work in the evening’s finale with the two young Mexican tenors in his Domingo-Cafritz program, … and Jesus Daniel Hernandez. Both already possess powerful voices, great diction and an exciting stage presence. When they sang with the Mr. Domingo it seemed, if only for a moment, that the Three Tenors were in a process of rebirth.” T.L. Ponick, The Washington Times
"...a rare treat..." "[Mr. Hernández is] an engaging performer, endowed with a rich, well-supported instrument" -The Washington Times, Di Mi Corazón Latino Performance, The InSeries, Washington, DC
“Jesús Daniel Hernández’ sensational tenor voice has a clarion purity that could fill a cavernous auditorium...” “The many highpoints build to a stunning climax...” “Highly Recommended” - dctheatrescene.com, Di Mi Corazón Latino Performance, The InSeries, Washington, DC.
"In the small roles of the gravediggers [in the Washington National Opera's performance of Hamlet], tenor Jesus Daniel Hernandez and baritone Aleksey Bogdanov offered handsome voices with potential." Kate Wingfield, Metro Weekly