New Plymouth Operatic announces Taranaki local Fernando Tarango will play the role on Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

A native of the USA, Fernando is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music and the American Boychoir School, Fernando has been a professional musician since the age of 10.  He has toured the world, performed and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists and ensembles sung on the  Grammy Award Winning recording – Bolcolm’s Songs of Innocence.

When not on stage, Fernando spends his time empowering young artists with his work as a vocal coach, songwriting coach, music producer and through his classroom songwriting workshops, Sing Your Story or spending time with his wife and two preschool aged boys. Fernando was a regular host and performer at Carnegie Hall.

Early in 2017 Fernando immigrated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and 2 young sons. They landed in Waverley and then Urenui. “We loved it.” says Fernando. “New Zealand has had an admirable respect for the earth, the people in it and a practical approach to community living that we value.” “Between the mountain and the ocean are some amazingly genuine people”  “There is a community feel about the whole region. Maybe because it all looks towards the same mountain. It’s the kind of place where strangers take the time for conversation or offer even offer to hold your baby when you’re overwhelmed with baby gear.”

Fernando is excited to sink his teeth into Les Miserables, and the role of Jean Valjean.  “Everything about this show is epic. The amount of singing, the costuming, the size of the cast and crew, the dramatic arc. Nothing is small.”

Beyond spending time with his family and making music with his two sons, Fernando loves to read and draw.  His current read, you guessed it, Victor Hugo’s beautifully epic novel, Les Miserables.

This announcement concludes the full adult cast for Les Miserables.  The roles of Gavroche, Young Cosette and Young Eponine will be confirmed soon.  Les Miserables runs at New Plymouth’s TSB Theatre from Thursday 26 July 2018.