Baritone Fernando Araujo was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he began studying piano at the age of seven and composition at eleven. At the age of twelve he sang the role of the Third Spirit in a production of Mozart´s The Magic Flute in his native city. He studied Piano and Voice at Indiana University, Bloomington, and began his professional career as a vocal accompanist.
Since recent years he develops a career as an opera and concert singer, and his repertoire already encompasses many of the leading roles for the baritone voice, such as: Papageno at the Munich Philharmonie, Escamillo at the Lithuanian National Opera, Rigoletto at the Festival Winds of Baikal in Russia, Marcello in the production of Anton Juan at the Samsung Hall in Manila, and Mozart´s Figaro in the production of Eike Gramss and Josef Wallnig with the Mozart Opern- Institut , Salzburg. He attended the Opera Studios of the Verbier Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and had the honor to sing under the baton of renowned conductors such as Dennis Russell Davies, Fabio Luisi, Ilmar Lapinsch and Hans Graf. At the Auditório Nacional de Música in Madrid he sang in a benefit concert together together Ruggero Raimondi. In the Grandi Voci International Singing Competition under the patronage of Grace Bumbry he won both the Audience Award and the Verdi Award. Upcoming engagements include the roles of Germont in Verdi´s La Traviata and Amonasro in Aida at the Opernfestspiele Schloss Amerang in Germany, Figaro in Rossini´s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in the world-premiere of Hamlet by Ingo Kolonerics and Jeppe Jacobsen at the Skive Opera Festival in Denmark. In January 2019 Fernando will sing the baritone solo in Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana with the Philharmonie Salzburg at the Felsenreitschule. He is a soloist of the Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft, of the Kinderfestspiele and of the Oper im Berg Festival, and teaches in the Opera Dept. of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg.