Javier Fuentes, male soprano

Javier Fuentes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His training as
an artist began at the
Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico
were he studied with a scholarship and performed
with the corps de ballet workshop in productions of "
Swan Lake",
Don Quixote", "Giselle", "The Nutcracker", "Cipollino" and "The
Awakening of Flora
". Some of his teachers were Lolita San Miguel,
Vladimir Issaev, Carlota Carrera, María Carrera, Carlos Cabrera,
José Pares and Alberto Mendez. In 1988 he received an honours
diploma in the children’s examinations from London’s
Academy of Dancing
. After several years of dancing with Ballet
Concierto de Puerto Rico
Mr. Fuentes decided to continue his
training as a singer receiving his bachelor's degree in Humanities
with a concentration in Music from the
University of Puerto Rico in
1999. His voice teachers in that institution were Zoraida Lopez and
Enid Gonzalez (
a former student of Virginia Zeani). Javier also received
acting classes and workshops with Carola García and Luis Oliva (
former student of Marcel Marceau
), and voice master classes with Jesus
Quiñones Ledesma (
a former student of Apollo Granforte), Justino Díaz,
Daniel Ferro, William Hicks and Charles Riecker. Being the only
male soprano in Puerto Rico´s music history, Javier Fuentes
received the 'Amigos de Alejandro Vazquez' Award at the district of
Puerto Rico
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in
1998. His work with
Taller de Teatro Lírico de la Universidad de
Puerto Rico
includes work as a soloist, stage director and
choreographer. In March of 2001 he worked as choreographer for
the world premiere of the opera "
El espejo de la reina", an opera
commissioned to composer Roberto Milano by the
Taller Lírico de
Puerto Rico
. Also in March of 2001 Mr. Fuentes was named one of
Puerto Rico's most distinguished youths of the year 2000 (Joven
más destacado de Puerto Rico 2000) by the
Puerto Rico Youth
(Comisión Puertorriqueña de la Juventud), Banco
Popular de Puerto Rico
and the Puerto Rican Association of
UNESCO. He's performed Shubert´s "Mass in G"; Mozart's "Bastian
und Bastienne
", “Great Mass in c minor”, "Exultate Jubilate" and
Menotti's "
Amahl and the Night Visitors" as well as a varied
repertoire of arias, opera scenes and art songs that range from the
17th Century to the present. Mr. Fuentes’ specialty is the bel canto
‘arias di bravura’. In 2002 he sang as a guest artist for "
La Peña del
", a bohemian presentation of poetry and song given at the
Art Museum of Puerto Rico (MAP). Mr. Fuentes received his Master’
s degree from CUNY’s
Lehman College in 2008 and works as a
vocal music teacher with the
New York City Department of
since 2004.