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, a masters degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald, was a young resident artist at the Opera Institute Boston University under the tutelage of Penelope Bitzas, was a member of the Classic Lyric Arts organization in New York, studied at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento Vocale in Italy with soprano Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi, privately with Vito Maria Brunetti, was part of the first generation of singers at Vincerò Academy and a member of the Mexico Opera Studio in Monterrey. He is currently under the technical-musical guidance of baritone Carlos Almaguer and vocal coach Andrés Sarre.

 

In 2022 he made his debut with OSUANL in Monterrey in an opera and zarzuela gala concert under the baton of Teresa Rodríguez. In 2021 he made his debut at the 42nd La Versiliana Festival in conjunction with the 67th Festival Puccini Torre del Lago in their closing concert "Oh! Dolci Baci" under the baton of Maestro Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli and his debut as Don Giovanni at the Teatro Riccardo Zandonai Rovereto under the musical guidance of maestri Giuseppe Sabbatini and Nicola Ulivieri. In 2020 he made his Italian debut at the Festival Internazionale di Mezza Estate and in 2021 he returned to sing in several operas and galas under the baton of conductors Giuseppe Acquaviva, Dian Tchobanov, Martins Ozolins and Marc Moncusí. In 2018 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in an opera gala featuring young international artists and his debut at the Paramount Center and Cutler Majestic Theatre in BUOI productions under the baton of William Lumpkin.

 

He recently 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 a contract to make his debut at the Teatro G.B. Pergolesi in Jesi, Italy; all this  at the Concorso SOI Fiorenza Cedolins 2022. He was a finalist at the 58º Concorso Internazionale Voci Verdiane di Busseto with Fabrizio Cassi conducting La Toscanini orchestra, 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 and first prize in the Zarzuela division (sponsored by the Spanish online magazine Opera 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 Competition. In 2005 he won second prize at the Concurso Nacional de Piano Ollin Yolitzli, making his debut as a pianist at the winners concert at the Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City.

 

He has participated in masterclasses with top level artists such as: Rolando Panerai, Mignon Dunn, Helmut Deutsch, David Lomelí, Howard Watkins, Lucas Meachem, Brian Jagde, Andrea Puente Catán, Iván López-Reynoso, Eric Halfvarson, Mireille Delunsch and Bruno Praticò. The Brooklyn Discovery has defined his voice as: “Dark, vibrating, penetrating…evoking memories of the great Italian and Spanish baritones of the past”, the Boston Music Intelligencer has described his stage presence as: “Tremendously strong and dramatic” and his instrument as a “Bona fide money voice”, Opera senza confini has praised the natural vocal weight of his voice, Opera libera has celebrated his respect towards the musical and dynamic intentions when singing Verdi, Mundo Clásico wrote: “An opera ‘factotum’ who showed powerful means”, and Voce di Meche has praised the power of his instrument and his ability to portray different characters with great ease. 

 

 

— July 2022