“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
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.
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