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Argentina: Fernando Javier Radó

Bass - born 1986

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competitor

Fernando Javier Radó was born in Buenos Aires. He studied voice with Ricardo Yost and in 2006 became the youngest member of the Colón Theatre choir and the Colón Theatre's Superior Arts Institute, where he studied voice with Luis Gaeta, repertoire with Susana Frangi and chamber music with Guillermo Opitz.

As a soloist, his debut was in 2006 singing Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) in the Avenue Theatre for the Juventus Lyrica Association, then Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Le fauteuil/Un arbre (L'enfant et les sortilèges) and the Bonze (Madama Butterfly). He also sang Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Rome's Avellaneda Theatre.

He won second prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in 2007 and was invited by the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, supported by the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music, to sing as soloist in Eugene Onegin with Rolando Villazón, René Pape and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

In 2008 he also performed in Tosca, Hölderlin and Bach's Kaffeekantate. Fernando also won the Revelación 2007 prize given by the Argentine Music Critics Association. In 2009 he sings in Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal, Macbeth, Die Zauberflöte and Viva la Mamma, and Mendelssohn's Elijah in the Philharmonie under Seiji Ozawa.

In his spare time, Fernando enjoys playing football and learning the guitar.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009: concert one repertoire

  • Ella giammai m'amò! ... Dormirò sol nel manto mio regal (Don Carlo) - Verdi
  • Non più andrai (Le nozze di Figaro) - Mozart
  • O patria - O tu, Palermo (I vespri siciliani) - Verdi