As the Coro continues to prepare Theodor Dubois’ Seven Last Words for Good Friday, a leading Filipino Baritone based abroad announced that he would be here for Holy Week. Andrew Fernando will be such a welcome addition to the rendition of this work as he sings the role of Jesus in this work. Our wonderful favorite soloists of the past years will still be here with us: Camille Lopez-Molina, soprano and Ronan Ferrer, tenor. Come and pray with us as we listen and be inspired to follow Christ’s Passion in song. Our three soloists will join the Coro from Holy Thursday up to the Easter Vigil.
Andrew is an international Filipino Baritone. He was the First Prize Winner of the prestigious 2003 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition in the United States and an alumnus of the world renowned San Francisco Opera Merola Program. He was also a prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in the Los Angeles district and in the Pacific region, the Palm Springs Opera Vocal Competition, a recipient of the Opera Buffs Inc. scholarship grant and the Grand Prize winner in the Pasedena Opera Guild Vocal competition in 2004 and a grand finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini International Vocal Competition held in New York in 2003. He was Opera Pacific’s resident baritone from 1999-2002. Andrew is the 2013 Aliw Awards Winner for Best Classical Male Performer.
CAMILLE LOPEZ MOLINA
Camille studied voice at the University of the Philippines College of Music. She obtained her Professional Diploma in Music, majoring in Opera Studies, from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1996. She then proceeded to Vienna, Austria where she studied Gesang until 2001 at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien under Prof. Marija Sklad-Sauer and Prof. Julia Conwell. Camille is a three-time ALIW AWARDEE (2009, 2010 and 2011) for Best Female Classical Performer.
At present, she is a member of the Voice Faculties of St. Scholastica’s College School of Music and the University of the Philippines College of Music. She is also the musical director and conductor of the SSS Choral Society and the Viva Voce Ensemble, a group composed of young classical singers. She has been a regular guest artist in many special events in Santuario de San Antonio.
Ronan is one of the country’s best tenors. He obtained his Bachelor of Music in Voice Degree from the UST Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Voice Performance Degree from the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. He is presently the appointed Coordinator of the Voice Department of the UST Conservatory of Music.
He was the official cantor in the concluding mass of the recent papal visit of Pope Francis held last January18, 2015 at the Quirino Grandstand.