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Fernando Araujo

Lecturer for Musical Rehearsals

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg
Pianist and Singer Fernando Araujo was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he began studying the Piano at the age of seven and Composition at eleven. At the age of twelve he sang the role of the Third Spirit in Mozart´s The Magic Flute in his native city aside Brazil´s leading opera stars.  
He graduated in Piano and Voice at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where his teachers were among others Menahem Pressler and Hans Leygraf (Piano), Gyorgy Sebok (Chamber Music), James King and Boris Bakow (Voice).  
At Indiana University he was for many years the vocal coach for the class of legendary soprano and teacher Virginia Zeani. He played for the Ceremony of Induction to the Title Kammersängerin given to Grace Bumbry at the Bundeskanzleramt in Vienna (2003), accompanied Diana Damrau in her Mahler CD-presentation during the Salzburg Festival (2004), and former Metropolitan Opera Tenor Carlos Montanè in recitals around the world.  
Since 2009 he accompanied soprano Barbara Bonney in her Liederabende and their cooperation includes concerts at the Cultural Center in Bankok, Thailand, at the Verbier Festival, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco (where he replaced André Previn on the piano), and at the Darmstadt Opera for her Career Anniversary.  
At the Auditório Nacional de Música de Madrid he accompanied Isabel Rey and Ruggero Raimondi in concert and at the Salzburg Festival the Young Singers Project.  
Fernando Araujo had the opportunity of working together with Maurizio Arena, Martina Arroyo, Horiana Branisteanu, Wolfgang Brendel, Joan Dornemann, Irina Gavrilovici, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christa Ludwig, Angelika Kirschlager, Teresa Kubiac, Marjana Lipovsek, Bruno Pola, Bruno Rigacci, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Margaret Singer, Lilian Sukis, Giorgio Tozzi, Rolando Villazón, Elisabeth Willke, Patricia Wise, Breda Zakotnik, among others.  
Fernando Araujo leads a parallel career as a baritone: he is a Soloist of the Philharmonie Salzburg, the Kulturvereinigung and the Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft.
He has sung under the baton of leading conductors such as Hans Graf, Fabio Luisi and Dennis Russell Davies. Future engagements include Escamillo at the Lithuanian National Opera, the part of Dante in the world premiere of Robert Kyr's La Divina Commedia on a commission by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, NY), and Papageno in the "Zauberflöte mit Talk" with the Philharmonie Salzburg with special participation of Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival (2017). 
Since 2002 Fernando Araujo works as a Vocal Coach at the Mozarteum University Opera Department and counts among his students many winners of international competitions singing in leading opera houses and festivals.