“Rasendrahasina has a golden voice … and the potential as an actor to match.”
- Kaczmarczyk (Music review - MLive.com)
“Fitah has an uncommon voice; an impressive instrument …as a natural voice and sound, it’s exceptional.”
- Robert Lyall, conductor, Artistic Director
“…when he ended it was deathly still. You could feel the silence. You knew that he had touched people.”
- Verlyn Schultz, Music Educatore
“…a Tenor phenom”
- The Banner Magazine
“His voice has such a maturity, intensity and dedication.”
- Joel Navarro, conductor
Fitah Rasendrahasina is a world class vocal talent with some international recognition. His life in Madagascar has given him unique perspectives on global poverty, the human spirit to survive, opportunity in developing nations, and politics … Madagascar, as one of the world’s last treasure stores for ancient and undisturbed plants and animals, has also provided him with a strong message on the importance of stewards for our planet.
Fitah has the voice, the discipline, the drive, and the personality to go to the top of the music world and also to be a strong advocate for our world.
– Richard Houskamp (CEO, VisitWork)
After studying Law and receiving a degree in Anglophone Studies from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, Fitah Rasendrahasina decided to switch his focus to music. With the help of a local church community in Grand Rapids, MI, he entered Calvin College in 2010 to major in Vocal Performance and graduated in 2013. While at Calvin, the young tenor studied voice under Dr. Roger Scanlan and was considered one of Calvin's greatest talents as he won the 2011 Concerto Competition and the Betty Van Andel Opera Music Scholarship.
Fitah's performances caught the attention of the West Michigan music world and he performed the role of Edmundo, the second tenor, in Opera Grand Rapids' production of G. Puccini's Manon Lescaut in 2011. A year later, Fitah performed the principal tenor role in Puccini's La Bohème, a role in which the Malagasy tenor received excellent reviews and ratings.
Fitah was soloist for other musical events and productions around Michigan including the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival. In 2012, before his graduation, Fitah was the tenor soloist for the Calvin Oratorio Society's production of G.F. Handel's Messiah under the musical direction of Joel Navarro. Fitah interpreted other roles including Tamino in W. A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Radamès in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.
After he completed his studies, Fitah returned to his home country of Madagascar to help promote music education and contribute to development related issues, hoping to lift his country and community out of poverty. Currently, Fitah is teaching Music History & Analysis, Church Music and Voice at the Anglican Music Institute and he also gives private voice lessons. Since 2018, he became the Artistic Director and conductor of ICanto, one of Madagascar's most prestigious choirs and led them to international recognition. With the socio-economic situation in Madagascar worsening, Fitah's long-term project is now focused on an NGO that promotes education, dignity and development through music with additional focuses on clean and safe water for all, life-skills, and English.