Biography

Fernando Cisneros is a young baritone born and raised in Mexico City with a rigorous and consistent musical preparation and a rich and varied musical experience. Besides his studies in classical 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 Mº Vito Maria Brunetti, and was part of the first generation of singers at Vincerò Academy. He is currently a young artist at the Mexico Opera Studio in Monterrey, Mexico.

 

Fernando made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 in an opera gala featuring young international artists. That same year he made his debut in Boston at the Paramount Center and Cutler Majestic Theatre. In 2020 he made his Italian debut at the Festival Internazionale di Mezza Estate. In 2021 he returned to sing in several operas and galas under the baton of conductors Dian Tchobanov, Martins Ozolins and Marc Moncusí.  He recently 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 and artistic guidance of maestri Giuseppe Sabbatini and Nicola Ulivieri.

 

In 2021 he won first prize in the 38th Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli and first prize in the Zarzuela division (sponsored by the Spanish online magazine Opera Actual) at the Concorso Lirico Virtuale di Canto 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 prestigious Gerda Lissner Competition. In 2015 he was awarded the International Advisory Board Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music and in 2005 he won second prize at the Concurso Nacional de Piano Ollin Yolitzli in Mexico City.

 

He has participated in several masterclasses with top level artists such as: Rolando Panerai, Mignon Dunn, Helmut Deutsch, Carlos Almaguer, David Lomelí, Howard Watkins, Lucas Meachem, Brian Jagde, 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, 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.

 

 

– January 2022