Agueda Fernandez Abad
Event: Lady Parts, Music of the Abolition Movement
Throughout her career, Mrs. Fernández-Abad has been recognized for the versatility of her repertoire and performed operas and oratorios with the leading orchestras of Argentina, United States and Europe. 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. Upon her initial arrival in the United States, she sang with Florida Grand Opera.
A frequent recitalist, Mrs. Fernandez Abad has offered diverse recitals in Germany, Italy and Spain, in different venues such as the Palau de la Musica Valenciana, Radio Nacional de España, and the International Festival of Sacred Music, among others. She also performed in several productions in the iconic Spanish style operetta known as zarzuela. Her recital, From Gershwin to Piazzolla, has been included in the catalogue of Chamber Music, which promotes the Culture Delegation of Valencia. Her latest and varied appearances in Europe have included performances in Madrid of works by Salvatore Sciarrino with the saxophone quartet Adolphe Sax; the title role of the opera, The Medium, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with the Chamber Opera Company of Moncloa; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and the Christmas Oratorio, Nativity, by the American composer Norman Dello Joio with Orchestra and Chorus of Radio y Televisión Española; and Charpentier’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Orquesta del Mediterráneo in the Auditorium of Castellón. 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 Alfosina Storni, in Bremen, Germany, Valencia, Spain and New York City. In Barcelona she sang the world premiere of Mexican composer Alejandra Hernández´s electro-acoustic work, Thirty-three Gods' Names, reprised in Mexico City. Upon her return to United States, she has been part of several concerts and opera productions in different venues, such as the Williamsburg Opera Company, Carnegie Hall and Bard College Summerscape. She is a permanent member of the Brick Church Choir, in Manhattan and Cantor at St. Aedan’s Church, in Pearl River, NY.