Manuel Fuentes was born in 1996 in Crevillent, Alicante (Spain). He studied voice, repertoire and musical teachings with the tenor José Sempere, and has expanded his vocal ,technique studies with great singers such as Ana María Sanchez, Mariella Devia, Dolora Zajick, Sonia Ganassi, Carlos Álvarez and Ruggero Raimondi.
Within his ,artistic history, his success in several international competitions should be highlighted. He is proclaimed three-time champion in the Alfredo Kraus International Singing Contest, taking the First Prize, Audience Award and ,Best Spanish Singer Award in 2019. The following year he was awarded three ,prizes in the Tenor Viñas International Singing Competition, the prizes being ,the Plácido Domingo Prize for the best Spanish singer, the Festival Castell de Peralada Prize and the Fundació Ferrer-Salat Prize. He was also the winner of two prizes in the first edition of the Alicante International Lyrical Contest.
The Festival ,Castell de Peralada named him as a Young Artist at the EFA (European Festivals Association) with whom he had the pleasure of performing a solo recital in Ljubljana (Slovenina) in February 2022.
In 2020 he made ,his debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) with the role of Maestro in ,the zarzuela "Farinelli" by Tomás Bretón. He debuted with the role of Ferrando (Il Trovatore) at the Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a role he also performed months later at the Teatre Principal de Palma. He has also performed Sparafucile (Rigoletto) at the Camp de Mart in Tarragona and at the Lanzarote Opera Festival. He has sung the role of Colline (La Bohème) at the Oviedo Opera and in Gran Canaria. We can also add the role of Raimondo ,Bidebent (Lucia di Lamermoor) in his career, which he has performed at the Teatro de Córdoba and at the Gala for the 175th anniversary of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, together with Lisette Oropesa, Ludovic Tézier and Airam ,Hernández. He has also sung the role of Sam (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Within the zarzuela repertoire, he has performed roles such as Lorenzo Pérez (Doña Francisquita), Bruno Brunovich ,(Katiuska), Don Juan (El Barberillo de Lavapiés), Atenedoro (La Revoltosa), Roque (Marina) and Fulgen (La Tabernera del Puerto).
He has worked ,under the baton of Guillermo García Calvo, Jordi Bernácer, Oliver Díaz, Corrado Rovaris, Marco Armiliato, Karel Mark Chichón, Giacomo Sagripanti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Giuseppe Finzi, José Miguel Perez-Sierra, Ivan Lopez Reynoso.
Among his next engagements: Talbot in Maria Stuarda at Palau de les Arts (Valencia), Rodolfo in La Sonnambula at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opéra de Lorraine (Nancy) and Walter in Luisa Miller in Tours.