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    The SingerBaritone Fernando Araujo was born in Sao Paulo Brazil and studied Piano and Voice at Indiana University, Blommington, USA, and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where his teachers were Boris Bakow and James King (Voice) and Wolfgang Holzmair (Lied). His repertoire covers the main roles of the baritone repertoire and highlights of his career include Papageno in the production of Ludwig Baumann in the Philharmonie in Munich...
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    The Musician...At the age of twelve he sang the Third Spirit in a production of Mozart´s Die Zauberflöte in his native city and started at that early age an intense and fruitful raport with opera, singing and accompanying other singers. He studied Piano and Voice at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, where his teachers were Menahem Pressler (Piano), James King (Voice) and Wolfgang Holzmair (Lied)...
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    The Person...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. My hard-working parents felt my need to play an instrument and bought me a ... yellow piano...
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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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