Fernando Varela and David Foster In Las Vegas

Masterclass Monday: Fernando Varela Performs In Las Vegas For David Foster And Friends


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A few weeks back, I featured a rising young star in the entertainment world named Fernando Varela.

In this article, I hinted that more exciting opportunities were on the horizon for Fernando.

Well, the cat is out of the bag! On November 26th, 2011, Fernando was featured as a rising star during the David Foster And Friends showcase held in the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

Performing Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from the opera, Turandot, Fernando hit every note out of the ball park, through his passionate, jaw-dropping performance of this opera classic. The video is featured at the end of this article.

His vocal performance left everyone cheering, including the Foster Man, who declared that Fernando would heretofore be remembered solely as Fernando, the singular name status reserved for the greatest of stars.

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Managed by my cousin, Paul Mascioli of Mascioli Entertainment located in Orlando, Florida, I am understandably proud of Fernando’s achievement via Paul’s unrelenting guidance and vision.

Congratulations Fernando and Paul. This is most certainly the beginning of an exciting and long career .

And special thanks to David Foster for creating this enormous platform for talented young artists around the world.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

5 Responses to “Masterclass Monday: Fernando Varela Performs In Las Vegas For David Foster And Friends”

  1. He is a great performer. I look forward to watching his career grow.

  2. Thank you so much for this post of my brother’s amazing talent. I feel like we were all in on this amazing treasure, knowing full well that his talent would soar. He deserves all the accolades now and in the future. My brother Fernando is amazing.

  3. Julito-the pleasure is all mine. I am so thrilled for his latest success. To have the support of and accolades from David Foster is an extremely high achievement. All his hard work, talent and unrelenting ambition has paid off. The future is his! Congratulations to all of you!

  4. MCL,
    Last night on PBS, I watched a wonderful special featuring Jackie Evancho with David Foster. She is absolutely incredible. But if that wasn’t good enough, it was followed by a repeat of the Barbra Streisand special filmed in 2010 in the Village. It was a heavenly two hours of TV watching!!!!

  5. Oh darn! I have to check my PBS listings and start to PVR these great shows. Thanks for the “heads-up” Louise!

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