Born in Montevideo, the Uruguayan - Italian tenor Leonardo Ferrando began his studies at Teatro del Centro and Escuela Universitaria de Música, taking thereafter private lessons with Prof. Cecilia Varela in Buenos Aires and Mtro. Jorge Ansorena in Firenze, Italy.
Recent engagements include a.o. Don Ramiro/Cenerentola at Theater Coblenz, Petite Messe Sollenelle by Rossini at Fondazione Arena di Verona, Almaviva/Barbiere di Siviglia at Arena di Verona Opera Festival, Ernesto/Don Pasquale at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, La Cenerentola at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, I Puritani and La Cenerentola at Danish National Opera and Lakmé at Malmö Opera.
Most recent and future engagements include among others Don Ramiro/Cenerentola at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Don Ramiro/La Cenerentola in Sassari, Gérald/Lakmé at Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, Ernesto/Don Pasquale at Smålands Musik & Teater as well as Don Narciso/Il Turco in Italia at Theater Hagen.
Following his European debut in La Cenerentola at Bremen Theater, he specialized in the belcanto repertoire, singing amongst others, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Comte Ory, Linda di Chamounix, L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale and I Puritani.
Leonardo Ferrando has performed in some of the most important stages in Aarhus, Bergamo, Berlin, Bremen, Copenhagen, Gießen, Helsinki, Innsbruck, Lucca, Malmö, Odense, Toulon, Trieste, Würzburg, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Sao Paulo, working for recognized stage directors like Michael Hampe, Peer Boysen, Robert Carsen, Nicola Raab, Irina Brook, Annilese Miskimmon, Fabio Sparvoli.
Role highlights include Almaviva, Don Ramiro, Comte Ory, Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Nemorino, Arturo (I Puritani), Orombello (Beatrice di Tenda), Tamino, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Arbace (Idomeneo), Gérald (Lakmé), as well as leading tenor roles in "rare belcanto operas".