Fernando Guimaraes, tenor

tenor voice
biography
Born in Oporto, Fernando Guimarães completed his singing degree at his hometown and went on to win awards in his country's foremost singing competitions. As the winner of the L'Orfeo International Singing Competition, he sang the leading role of this Monteverdi Opera in Mantova on the 400th birthday of its premiere. In 2013 he was awarded 3rd prize and the special prize of the Theater an der Wien at the Cesti International Competition for Baroque Opera (Innsbruck).
Fernando is regularly invited as a soloist by renowned groups such as L'Arpeggiata
 (Christina Pluhar), Les Muffatti (Peter Van Heyghen), Al Ayre Español (Eduardo Lopez-Banzo), Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (Enrico Onofri), Pygmalion (Raphäel Pichon), Cappella Mediterranea and Clematis (Leonardo García Alarcón), etc. His discography comprises recordings for the labels Virgin, Ricercar, Naxos, Ramée and Ambronay Editions.
In Portugal, Fernando Guimarães is a regular fixture at the renowned Gulbenkian Foundation
 and Centro Cultural de Belém, and works frequently with the country's most important orchestras and foremost early music ensembles, namely Divino SospiroLudovice Ensemble,  and Os Músicos do Tejo
Recent highlights of Fernando's flourishing career include: the title role of Orphee in La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier with Les Arts Florissants
; an european tour with the role of Noè in the oratorio Il Diluvio Universale by Michelangelo Falvetti (Cappella Mediterranea); Giovanni Bontempi's opera Il Paride, with L'Arpeggiata at the Innsbruck Festival; the role of Teseo in Cavalli's opera Elena, for the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; his debuts at Berlin's Philharmonie (in a Monteverdi program with the Freiburger Barockorchester) and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and the role of Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff with the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster. His recent return to the title role of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in a new production of the Festival d'Ambronay was highly acclaimed by both audience and critic. Critics celebrated his début in the U.S.A. as Ulisse in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Boston Baroque).
Among his future projects are the role of Alidoro in Cesti's Orontea (Innsbruck Festival), revivals of Cavalli´s Elena in Angers, Nantes and Rennes and concerts in Amsterdam, Versailles and Brussels as well as concerts with the Australia Brandenburg Orchestra in Sydney and Melbourne. 

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    NameGuimaraes, Fernando
    Born inPortugal, Europe
    Home LocationPorto, Portugal
    Main languagePortuguese
    Additional languages English,  French 
    Reviews
    Fernando Guimaraes as Ulisse
    2014-10-08 Opera Magazine,
    "Making his US debut, Fernando Guimarães showed complete stylistic mastery and the right baritenor range for the part of Ulisse, and he's a clever, engaging actor. | David Shengold – Opera Magazine"
    (David Shengold)
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    Fernando Guimaraes as Noah
     Online Musik Magazin,
    "Mariana Flores und Fernando Guimarães finden nicht nur stimmlich sondern auch darstellerisch zu einer berührenden Innigkeit. Guimarães stattet den Noah mit einem samtweichen Tenor aus, so dass bei beiden die göttliche Ergebenheit regelrecht spürbar wird und man versteht, dass Gott diese beiden Menschen nicht dem Untergang weihen will."
    (Thomas Molke )
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    He has everything...
     Forum Opéra,
    "Style, virtuosity, youth: he has everything (...) to play the demigod and he shows more than once to be touched by grace."
    (Bernhard Schreuders)
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    Monteverdi's Orfeo
     Opéra Magazine,
    "...le ténor portugais est devenu un interprète aguerri, d'une belle présence, pourvu d'un timbre plus clair que solaire. Il exprime la détresse ou l'amour avec un détachement mélancolique; le recitar cantando, ici, est davantage porteur de lyrisme que de drame, comme si le voyage d'Orfeo aux Enfers était, d'abord, une descente à l'intérieur de lui-même."
    ( Christian Wasselin )
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