In July 2017 Fernando performed again one of his signature roles: Figaro in Rossini´s "IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA" , receiving excellent reviews:
"Possessing not only the vocal but also the acting attributes required for this role, the Brazilian Fernando Araujo is simply predestined for The Barber of Seville"
Angela Pillatzki in OVB Kultur online, 26.07.2017
In August 2016 Fernando received both the Verdi Prize and the Audience Prize at the GRANDI VOCI International Singing Competition under the patronage of KS Grace Bumbry.
At the Grandi Voci Prizewinners´ Concert and in Puccini´s La Bohème at the Schloss Amerang, Germany, November 2016.
In October 2016 Fernando Araujo sang the role of DANTE in the joint world-premiere of INFERNO by Christopher Preissing (Chicago) and PARADISO by Robert Kyr (Harvard and Yale Universities, University of Oregon) at DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts in Notre Dame, IN, conducted by Carmen Helena Tellez and staged by Anton Juan, under the patronage of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NY.