Fernando Melo is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 16 he was awarded a scholarship to train at the Vienna State Opera Ballet. He has been in Europe ever since, building his career as a dancer and choreographer and creating works around the world. Among the companies he has choreographed for are: Göteborgsoperans Danskompani (Sweden), where he is also currently rehearsal director; Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf (Germany), Introdans (Holland), Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, München (Germany), Luzerner Theater (Switzerland), Luna Negra Dance Theater (U.S.A.), and Norrdans (Sweden).
Fernando also choreographs and directs dance film. His most recent film "Nonstop" screened at Cinedans in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he created "Mahjong", which screened at several international film festivals and received the 2010 Audience Award at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In addition, Fernando choreographs for opera. His recent projects include "Die Schöpfung" by Joseph Haydn for Vocal Futures, London, (U.K.), "Daphne" by Richard Strauss at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, (France) and Solaris by Detlev Glanert at the Oper Köln (Germany).