Pianist and Singer Fernando Araujo was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he began studying the Piano at the age of seven and Composition at eleven. At the age of twelve he sang the role of the Third Spirit in Mozart´s The Magic Flute in his native city aside Brazil´s leading opera stars. He studied Piano and Voice at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where his teachers were among others Menahem Pressler (Piano), Gyorgy Sebok (Chamber Music), Boris Bakov and Lilian Sukis (Voice). At Indiana University he was for many years the vocal coach for the class of legendary soprano and teacher Virginia Zeani. He played for the Ceremony of Induction to the Title Kammersängerin given to Grace Bumbry at the Bundeskanzleramt in Vienna (2003), accompanied Diana Damrau in her Mahler CD-presentation during the Salzburg Festival (2004), and accompanied former Metropolitan Opera Tenor Carlos Montanè in recitals around the world.
Since 2009 he accompanied soprano Barbara Bonney in her Liederabende and their cooperation includes concerts at the Cultural Center in Bankok, Thailand, at the Verbier Festival, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco (where he replaced André Previn on the piano) , and at the Darmstadt Opera for her Career Anniversary. At the Auditório Nacional de Música de Madrid he accompanied Isabel Rey and Ruggero Raimondi in concert and at the Salzburg Festival the Young Singers Project. He also accompanied masterclasses of Maurizio Arena, Martina Arroyo, Wolfgang Brendel, Joan Dornemann, Irina Gavrilovici, Bonaldo Giaiotti, KS Christa Ludwig, KS Angelika Kirschlager, Teresa Kubiac, Marjana Lipovsek, Bruno Pola, Bruno Rigacci, KS Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Margaret Singer, Giorgio Tozzi, Rolando Villazón, KS Patricia Wise, KS James King, among others . Highlights of his career as a baritone include performances under the baton of Hans Graf, Fabio Luisi and Dennis Russell Davies, at the Philhamonie in Munich, at the Verbier Festival and at the Lithuanian National Opera. He is a recipient of the “Verdi Award” and the “Audience Award” at the 2016 Grandi Voci Competition under the patronage of KS Grace Bumbry.
In the 2017 season he will sing Papageno with the Philharmonie Salzburg in the “Zauberflöte mit Talk” presented by Helga Rabl-Stadler , President of the Salzburg Festival (2017).
Since 2002 Fernando Araujo works as a Vocal Coach at the Mozarteum University Opera Department and counts among his students many winners of international competitions singing in leading opera houses and festivals.