US based 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 world renowned 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 and a grand finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini International Vocal Competition held in New York in 2003. He was Opera Pacific's resident baritone from 1999-2002 where he worked constantly with internationally acclaimed conductor John De Main.
Andrew has appeared in numerous roles and was more notable as Marcello in La Boheme, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Slook in La Cambiale di Matrinonio, Baron de Gondremark in La Vie Parisienne, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Doctor Bartolo in Barber of Seville, The African King in Angelique, Escamillo in Carmen, Komissarius in Der Rosenkavalier, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Pane in 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. The Los Angeles Times has hailed him as "The young singer to watch."
In 2005, Andrew made his debut with the Syrinx Concerts Orchestra in Cote D' azur France singing the baritone solo in Handel's The 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 seasons, Andrew gave an acclaimed performance as Count Almaviva in the Singapore Lyric Opera production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. In the same season Andrew gave full concerts in the city of New York, Boston, Panorama, Los Angeles, Manila, San Francisco and New Jersey. 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.
Andrew, as a young artist, 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 to name a few.
Andrew sang Rigoletto in Modesto in February 2007 to critical acclaim. 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!"
Andrew's 2007-2008 season include participation in the New York City Opera's productions of Cendrillon and Tosca; Die Fledermaus at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Baritone Soloist in Britten's War Requiem with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Soloist in Puccini's Messa de Gloria at the 2008 International Bamboo Organ Festival.