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    The Singer...At Indiana University, Bloomington, he studied singing with Carlos Montanè and James King, and in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, with Boris Bakow and Lilian Sukis and Wolfgang Holzmair and Breda Zakotnik. He was a member of the Pro Arte Singers under the direction of Paul Hillier, participated in the Ezio Pinza International Opera Festival in Oderzo, Italy, and sang in masterclasses of Barbara Bonney, Horiana Branisteanu, Irina Gavrilovici, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Ruggero Raimondi, Roberto Sèrvile, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Virginia Zeani.
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    The Pianist...He began to study piano at the age of seven, composition at the age of eleven. He was a pupil of Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, Bloomington, and of Hans Leygraf in the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
    He participated in the Van Cliburn International Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, and played in Masterclasses of Gyorgy Sebök and Lasar Berman. In 2001 he was granted the First Prize in the all-instrument division of the Matinee Musicale International Music Competition in Indianapolis.
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    The Man...My great-grandfather immigrated to Brazil in the early 1920s: a charismatic man of many talents, with a passion for artisanship and a love for opera. His large collection of recordings covered the great italian singers and orchestral works of Bach and Mozart. Listening to this music and singing to it as children often do is what I grew up with and it touched me to the core. Mozart became gradually my favorite composer, and after seeing "Amadeus" repeated times I was caught in a real fever: going to Salzburg to meet Mozart was fantasy and dream.
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Fernando granted scholarship to the "Pacific Music Festival 2012"
Fernando was granted a scholarship to the "Pacific Music Festival 2012" in Sapporo, Japan, where he had the opportunity of singing the Aria "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" from Verdi´s Rigoletto under the baton of Maestro Fabio Luisi.  The Festival featured masterclasses with Baritone Roberto Sèrvile and Soprano Marlis Petersen.

In February 2012 Fernando made his debut in the title role of Verdi´s RIGOLETTO with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Irkutsk, Siberia, under the baton of Maestro Ilmar Lapinsch.  He returned to Irkutsk in June to sing in the International Music Festival "Winds of Baikal" featuring Arias from Mozart, Rossini and Rimsky-Korsakov operas, as well as the Third Act of Verdi´s AIDA in the role of Amonasro, together with international solists.

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DER NEUE MERKER , April 2012

As the opening number the Brazilian Fernando Araujo sang Escamillo´s Toreador Song brilliantly with a downright control of the delicate tessitura. The deep notes were as convincing as the top. I was especially impressed by his Figaro´s "Largo al factotum" because he didn´t rely on the usual jokes with the head voice, but sang this often-mistreated piece honestly and with impressive high notes.

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