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Biography

Fernando is a young baritone born and raised in Mexico City. Besides his studies in voice, he is an accomplished pianist and has studied composition and music production. Fernando holds a bachelor’s degree in Digital Music Production Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores Monterrey in Mexico City and a masters degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. He was a young resident artist at the Opera Institute Boston University and studied at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) with Dolora Zajick. In Italy, he was a resident artist at the Accademia Verdiana at the Teatro Regio di Parma, studied privately at the Accademia d'Altro Canto, Classic Lyric Arts, with Vito Maria Brunetti and Carlo Colombara. He continues to master his craft under the guidance of Maestro Giancarlo Del Monaco. In Mexico, he began studying voice at the CentrÓpera Enrique Jaso, was a member of the Vincerò Academy, the Mexico Opera Studio in Monterrey, and studied privately with baritone Carlos Almaguer and pianist Andrés Sarre.

 

In 2024 he made his debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova with La Bohème (Schaunard), covered Tosca (Scarpia) at the Teatro Regio di Parma and the main role in Macbeth at the Festival Verdi di Parma, in 2023 he made his debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste and Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine with Manon Lescaut (Lescaut). In 2022 he made his debut in Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio) at the Teatro Comunale Fusco in Taranto; in Spain with the Sociedad Filarmónica de Vilagarcía (SFV); in Mexico with L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) at the Teatro de la Ciudad in Monterrey and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (OSUANL) in an opera and zarzuela concert. In 2021 he made his debut in Italy in the title role of Don Giovanni at the Teatro Riccardo Zandonai Rovereto, at the 42nd La Versiliana Festival in conjunction with the 67th Festival Puccini Torre del Lago in their closing concert, and at the Festival Internazionale di Mezza Estate (FIME) in the title role in Gianni SchicchiLa traviata (Germont) and Pagliacci (Silvio). In 2018 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in an opera gala featuring young international artists, and his debut in Boston at the Paramount Center and Cutler Majestic Theatre with Albert Herring (Sid) and Pelléas et Mélisande (Golaud).

 

In 2022 he won First prize at the Premio Lirico Internazionale Umberto Giordano in its 21st edition, was a finalist at the prestigious Concorso Lirico Internazionale Ottavio Ziino in Rome, won First prize ex-aequo for a new original composition by the Fundación Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona, the “Best Latin American male voice” award sponsored by Ocuri Investments, a scholarship to attend the prestigious Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini award; all this at the Concorso SOI Fiorenza Cedolins. He was also a finalist at the 58º Concorso Internazionale Voci Verdiane di Busseto, won Third prize at the 26è Concurs Josep Mirabent I Magrans in Spain, and Third prize at the Zenith Opera Competition. In 2021 he won both First prize and the Ópera de Bellas Artes prize at the 38º Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli in Mexico and First prize in the Zarzuela division (sponsored by the Spanish magazine Ópera Actual) at the Concorso SOI Fiorenza Cedolins. In 2017 he won Third prize at the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition in New York City and was a finalist at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. As a pianist, in 2005 he won Second prize at the Concurso Nacional de Piano Ollin Yolitzli in Mexico City.

 

He has participated in masterclasses with top level artists and business professionals such as: Rolando Panerai, Mignon Dunn, Giancarlo del Monaco, Fabio Armiliato, Fiorenza Cedolins, Michele Pertusi, Eric Halfvarson, Barbara Frittoli, Howard Watkins, Anthony Manoli, Stefano Sarzani, Mireille Delunsch, Bruno Praticò, Helmut Deutsch, Pierre Vallet, Sebastiano Rolli, Vincenzo de Vivo, David Kneuss and Ron Howell.

— April 2024

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