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Fernando, Andrew Baritone
International Filipino Baritone Andrew Fernando is the First Prize winner of the prestigious 2003 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition in the United States and an alumnus of the San Francisco Opera Merola Program. Also a prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in the Los Angeles district and in the Pacific region, the Grand Prize winner in the Pasedena Opera Guild Vocal competition in 2004, A recipient of the Opera Buffs Inc., scholarship funds, winner in the Palm Springs Opera Competition and a grand finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini International Vocal Competition held in New York in 2003.

Mr. Fernando recently performed the title role in RIGOLETTO in Modesto and has reprised the role this past season with Opera San José. Andrew's 2007-2008 season also includes participation in the New York City Opera's productions of CENDRILLON and TOSCA as well as Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Mr. Fernando has appeared in numerous roles and was more notable as Marcello LA BOHÈME, Dr. Falke DIE FLEDERMAUS, Slook LA CAMBIALE DI MATRINONIO, Baron de Gondremark LA VIE PARISIENNE, the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI, Doctor Malatesta DON PASQUALE, Professor Bhaer LITTLE WOMEN, Doctor Bartolo THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, The African King ANGELIQUE, Escamillo CARMEN, Komissarius DER ROSENKAVALIER, Masetto DON GIOVANNI, Pane LA CALISTO and the title role in RIGOLETTO.

He has performed as principal artist with San Francisco Opera Merola, Opera Pacific, Eugene Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Singapore Lyric Opera, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Macau Sinfonietta, The Hong Kong Arts Festival/Los Angeles Opera, The Hong Kong Urban Council, First Act Opera of England, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Palm Dessert Orchestra, Herbert Zipper Hall, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Symphony, The Walt Disney Hall, the International Bamboo Organ Festival, Syrinx Concerts Orchestra of France, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra among many others. He was Opera Pacific's resident baritone from 1999-2002 where he worked with internationally acclaimed conductor John De Main. The Los Angeles Times has hailed him as "The young singer to watch."

In 2005, Mr. Fernando made his debut with the Syrinx Concerts Orchestra in Cote d'Azur France singing the baritone solo in Handel Messiah and appearing as Sagestrano in the Opera Pacific's production of TOSCA under the baton of acclaimed conductor Christian Badea. Andrew recorded the Tone Poem Sa Dalampasigan with the Global Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines.

Also in the 2005-2006 season, Mr. Fernando gave an acclaimed performance as Count Almaviva in the Singapore Lyric Opera production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Seen in the title role of EUGENE ONEGIN at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Andrew was praised by critics for his beautiful singing and powerful presence.

As a young artist he had the opportunity of being presented in public masterclasses given by Carlo Bergonzi, Tom Krause, Jane Eaglen, Deborah Voight and Dolora Zadjick and has performed on the opera main stage with Helen Donath, Vinson Cole, Maria Ewing and Federica Von Stade.

He created the role of Powhatan in World Premiere of Linda Tutas Haugen's and Joan Vail Thorne's POCAHONTAS presented by the Virginia Arts Festival in cooperation with Virginia Opera in May of 2007 as a contribution to the 400th Anniversary of the settlement in Jamestown and the story of Pocahontas. He recently sang the role of Bluebeard in Bartok's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE presented by Let's Shout Out Inc of Boston. Musical America called him "A major presence!"

Mr. Fernando's 2008-2009 season include his debut with Long Beach Opera singing in two of their productions this winter and spring. As Harasta, Badger and Dog in Janacek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN and The Man with the Mule in Carl Orff's Die Kluge. Also this season, Mr. Fernando appeared in the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist of the Tone Poem Sa Dalampasigan by Lucio San Pedro.

Chase Thompson at Pinnacle Arts Management:

Buffs Performance(s): 3/30/03, 10/14/01, 11/07/99
Grants awarded:

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