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Aptel, Inc.




Jesús Quiñones Ledesma

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The Legacy

 Agrupación Puertorriqueña de Teatro Lírico”, is a nonprofit cultural institution, formed by a small group of friends and vocal artists. It was founded by Dramatic Tenor, Jesús Quiñones Ledesma, and Dr. David Pastor Benitez, both founders in 1973, to enhance the singing careers 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.

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 Cultura Puertorriqueña

”, (Puerto Rican Institute of culture).


 A long journey of commitment and challenges that would not have been possible without the support of funds from the Government of Puerto Rico, and the Union Carbide Company.  A great appreciation for their contribution   made to APTEL inc. in the many years of dynamic efforts.  It is unfortunate, that APTEL Inc. came to the end in 2011, because lack of funds to operate. APTEL Inc. is honored, for the given sharing opportunities, to introduce groups of international experience and Puerto Rican talented artists with extraordinary voices.

The Legacy of APTEL Inc. has touched the lives of many participants; producers, designers, singers, conductors, musicians, dancers, and most important, the audiences. The resulting achievements and promotional establishments had been unforgettable. Essentially, Agrupación Puertorriqueña de Teatro Lírico”, brought joy to many opera music lovers.

Board of directors

 (1973 - 2011)