This is my official bio which is an standard in our music business so here it is:
An Alumni of The Juilliard School, Peruvian tenor, Javier Bernardo has a thriving singing career in Germany. Described by Chicago Now as "The lead with powerhouse singing”, Javier is currently singing with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Germany. He has also debuted with several leading American opera companies, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago - Lohengrin and La Fanciulla del West, Candid Concert Opera - Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, New York Lyric Opera - Oronte in Alcina, The Brooklyn Opera Company - Il Tinca in Il Tabarro, Main Street Opera - Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and as a member of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program he performed the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
In addition to his operatic career, Javier has given recitals in renowned venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Symphony Center in Chicago, The American Church in Paris, and Teatro Británico, in his hometown Lima.
Throughout his career, Javier has had the opportunity to work closely with several prodigious musicians, including Martina Arroyo, Richard Leech, Eric Owens, Tito Capobianco, and Nico Castel. He has also received several awards from competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera Competition, The Bel Canto Foundation Competition, The Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and the Schyler Foundation International Competition.
My unofficial biography or what I think is missing:
I am extremely lucky to have gone with a full scholarship for almost all my education. From the Music Conservatory in Peru (1999) all the way to my graduation with a Master of Music from the Juilliard School in New York (2010). I will keep calling myself lucky. I did work myself to no sleep on all those 12 years or so of studies, but now after so many professional experiences, I am a bit exhausted. The job seems not to be enough to leave comfortably. The amount of jobs I had in the past seems to be in constant judgement whenever you run into a new opportunity. I somehow have to prove myself worth it every time I am in a new audition. It is exhausting and demoralising. I mean why? I can sing, I can play many instruments, why do I have to sing to apply for a job at this point.
So, I got myself an incredible job where I have the time to also focus on my other interests such as videography and sound engineering. These days I am diving deeper and deeper into music production. I love doing arrangements and making them sound as professional as anything one hears on the radio. I love being in control of the outcome with only me and people I wholeheartedly trust to work on my music.
So, still I sing and practice roles and art songs. Yes... but I also do other things I find to be rewarding and creative.. That's what is missing on my biography. You see why I can't really include it?