Agueda Fernandez Abad

Classical Singer. Voice Coach

 
 

                           AGUEDA FERNANDEZ-ABAD

                                     Mezzo-Soprano

Throughout her career, Mrs. Fernandez-Abad has been recognized for the versatility of her repertoire.  She has performed operas and oratorios with the leading orchestras of Argentina, including the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, and in the country’s leading opera houses, such as the Teatro Colón.   

Mrs. Fernandez-Abad has been singled out for her unique talents with contemporary music and was chosen to sing in the Homage to Alban Berg at Teatro Colón.  In 2001 in Buenos Aires, she received critical acclaim for singing the title role in the world premiere of the opera Camila y la Sombra by the Argentinean composer Rolando Mañanes.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leonor Hirsch de Von Buch Scholarship for three consecutive years to study with Ernst Haeffliger, Finalist/Special Honorary Mention in the Young Argentinean Soloist competition, Promociones Musicales Award, and the National Fund of Performing Arts Singer of the Year.

Upon her arrival in the United States in 1990, she worked with the Florida Grand Opera, participating in several productions, including Carmen in their Middle School Program for two seasons.  

A New York resident from 1998 to 2003, Ms. Fernandez-Abad performed both solo and ensemble concerts there while continuing her studies with Tom Krause and Thomas Houser.

Between 2003 and 2012 Mrs. Fernandez-Abad offered diverse recitals in Germany, Italy and Spain.  Of special note were those in the Palau de la Música Valenciana, Radio Nacional de España, Cultural Center of Girona, and the International Festival of Sacred Music.  She also performed in several productions in the iconic Spanish style of operetta known as zarzuela.

Her recital From Gershwin to Piazzolla has been included in the 2006 Catalogue of Chamber Music, which is sponsored by the Culture Delegation of Valencia.

In 2007 she made her debut at Valencia’s Opera House Reina Sofia, singing under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel.

That same year in Barcelona she sang the world premiere of Mexican composer Alejandra Hernández´s electro-acoustic work, Thirty- three Names of God reprised in Mexico City.

Her latest appearances in Europe have included performances in Madrid of works by Salvatore Sciarrino with the saxophone quartet Adolphe Sax.  In the same city Mrs. Fernandez-Abad performed the leading role of the contemporary opera The Medium by G. C. Menotti with the Chamber Opera Company of Moncloa.  She also performed with the Orchestra and Chorus of Radio y Televisión Española, Beethoven’s Coral Fantasy and the Christmas Oratorio Nativity by the American composer Norman Dello Joio, as well as Charpentier’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Orquesta del Mediterráneo in Castellón’s Auditorium.

In collaboration with the Emmy Award winner Claudia Montero, Argentinean composer Juan Solare and the composer’s platform Vox Novus, she performed a series of concerts dedicated to the Swiss/Argentinean poetess Alfonsina Storni in Bremen, Germany, Valencia, Spain and Manhattan, NY.

Since her return to the United States, she has been part of several concerts and opera productions in various venues, such as the Williamsburg Opera Company, Carnegie Hall and Bard College Summerscape. She is a permanent member of New York prestigious Brick Church Choir, Cantor at St. Aedan’s Church in Pearl River, NY and a founding member of the women’s acapella quartet Lady Parts.

Mrs. Fernandez-Abad has over 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages at her private studio and in music schools.

She was also the vocal coach for several choirs in Spain and Argentina.