Mexican soprano María Fernanda Castillo started her operatic career in 2010 after winning awards at several important international competitions. Castillo received an International Society of Mexican Arts Talents (SIVAM) scholarship for operatic studies, the scholarship for the Advanced Opera Workshop of the SIVAM, and she participated in the Estudio de Ópera de Bellas Artes (EOBA) workshop, all in Mexico City.
Ms. Castillo recently won the Promising Young Artist Award as well as third place and the PROA Prize in the Carlo Morelli National Singing Competition, the most prestigious singing competition in Mexico. She also won third place, as well as the Bellas Artes prize in successive years, in the Sinaloa International Singing Competition, and first place and the Audience Choice award in the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute Competition in Montréal, Canada.
María Fernanda Castillo has performed at Rockefeller Center, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, the Israeli Opera House, and Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, among many other opera houses. Ms. Castillo’s repertoire includes such roles as Mimì in La Bohème, Inès in Il Trovatore, Baucis in Philemon und Baucis, La bergère in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and roles in various zarzuelas. She has also sung complete works, including Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été and Bruckner’s Te Deum.