Tenor Fernando Varela to sing at Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe


Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe will present tenor Fernando Varela at the Village Church on Friday, Sept 19.

Doors open at The Fellowship Hall at 6:15 p.m. for wine, sponsored by Northern Trust, and light supper selections catered by Whole Foods, plus Yummy Cupcakes and other treats for dessert during intermission.

Varela will perform in the Village Church Sanctuary, taking advantage of its beautiful acoustics, though all other festivities of the evening will be in the Fellowship Hall.

Varela was discovered on YouTube by hit-maker and 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster. Ultimately, he won Foster’s “Born to Sing” contest, culminating in a guest appearance with David Foster and Friends at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. His performance was reviewed as a show-stopper and has been followed by numerous appearances with Foster, singing alongside an incredible list of superstars including Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Babyface, Keith Urban and so many more.

His earlier experiences included Central Florida Lyric Opera, with performances in more than 16 fully staged operas and hundreds of concerts. His favorite role remains “Madama Butterfly’”s Lieutenant Pinkerton in a production directed by Metropolitan Opera legend Licia Albanese. She has said of Varela, “At 20 years old he is better than Pavarotti (at that age).”

In 2004, he joined the Resident Artist Program with the Palm Beach Opera, which led him to work with Maestro Placido Domingo, an incredible experience that drastically changed his career.

His global performances span more than 31 countries in which he has won critical acclaim. He has performed for 50,000 guests in India and debuted his orchestral pops concerts in Canada and Florida. More recently, he was David Foster’s guest with the National Symphony at The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Each concert has been met with rave reviews from his presenters and the media.

Varela also enjoys “crossover” music, singing beautifully orchestrated songs from “Orbison Medley” to John Denver’s “Annie’s Song,” and numerous other exciting titles. 2012 closed out with an Asian tour of five countries with David Foster and Friends, inspiring standing ovations for him on every occasion.

Single tickets are $75 each, the all-4 Concert Season ticket is $225. Tickets are by mail only: PO Box 2781, RSF 92067. (Include w/ payment: name, address, phone and email) Your check is appreciated and we also accept MasterCard and Visa. There is no charge for children accompanied by an adult ticket-holder.

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