João Fernandes, bass
Studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he attended the Opera Course and was awarded the European Premier
Prix with distinction. Recognised as a leading exponent of baroque repertoire, João Fernandesopera house débuts include Giove La Calisto at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Claudio Agrippina at New York City Opera, TiferneEliogabalo at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Innsbruck Festival under René Jacobs. With William Christie he made his débuts as Bellone Les Indes Galantes at Opera de Paris, Orcan Les Paladins at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Athens and Tokyo, Huascar Les Indes Galantes at Opernhaus Zurich, andSeneca L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Opéra de Lyon. He made his débuts at the Opéra de Montpellier under Hervé Niquet as Corésus and Le Ministre de Pan Callirhoé (Destouches), and at Teatro Español Madrid asDon Lazaro La Clementina under Andrea Marcon.
João Fernandes is a regular soloist with Opera Atelier, Toronto, where his roles have included Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea and Hidraot Armide. Other roles with William Christie have included Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte at the Opera de Lyon, Osman, Huascar and Don Alvar Les Indes Galantes in Prague, Brussels, London and Milan, and Orcan Les Paladins in London, Shanghai, Caen, and on tour in Europe. João Fernandes has also performed as a soloist with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata, Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina, Andrea Marcón and the Venice Baroque Orchestra and René Jacobs and Concerto Vocale. Other conductors he has worked with include Michel Corboz, Sir Colin Davis, John Neschling, Thomas Sanderling, and David Stern. João Fernandes has perfomed concerts at Cité de la Musique, Palais Garnier, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Teatro alla Scala, Prague National Theatre, the Bunkamura in Tokyo, the Barbican in London, the Innsbruck Festival and Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow.