|Look Away: Fernando Bustos as Orfeo in the Twin Cities.|
Fernando Bustos, countertenor
Panamanian countertenor, Fernando Bustos was born in the Republic of Panama. His vast repertoire ranges from Early Music to Classical and Contemporary works. In the field of Early Music, Fernando Bustos has trained extensively with renowned figures of the genre such as Michael Chance and Lynne Dawson at the 8th Residence Baroque Academy in Candili, Greece, and Gérard Lesne during the Résidence au Centre des Arts d’Enghien in Paris, France. Oratorio Solo appearances include: Bach’s Magnificat in D, Pergolesis’ Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, and Dvorak’s Mass in D Minor. Rescent performances cover the title role (Hyacinthus) in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus at Panama’s National Theatre, “La Folia e l’Amore” italian secular cantatas under Gérard Lesne in France, “Antologia Colonial” opening concert to I Festival Música Antigua Panamá with Forma Antiqva, and Handel’s Messiah with Panama’s National Symphony. Upcoming engagements include the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Spirit in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Among some of the institutions, which regularly invite Mr. Bustos, are Panama’s National Theatre, Panama’s National Symphony Orchestra, Ópera Panamá, and Antiqva. Fernando Bustos has collaborated with classical contemporary composers Federico García (Colombia) and Sergio Rodrigo (Brazil) in the première of his Derradeira Luz at Musicarte, Festival de Música Contemporánea. Recently invited to perform Ricardo Risco’s La Noche y El Mar with Panama’s National Symphony Orchestra at their X Muestra de Música Contemporánea. An active performer of chamber music, Mr. Bustos is a member of the ensemble Paisaxe, and is part of a duet with pianist María Inés Rodríguez. Mr. Bustos started his music studies at Conservatorio Nacional de Panamá, then moved to Argentina where he continued his vocal training and repertoire studies with the distinguished maestros of the Teatro Colon Opera House, Ricardo Yost and Rozita Zozulia. Mr. Bustos has coached with Irena Sylya (Opera Panama) and Marianne Blok (Amsterdam).