Italian music for the virtuoso singer: music of Ferrari, Monteverdi, Merula, Strozzi, and others. Io Vidi in Terra (I saw upon the earth) is the name of a famous sonnet by Petrarch, set beautifully by Marco Gagliano, which we will perform.
José Lemos, countertenor; Jory Vinikour, harpsichord; Deborah Fox, theorbo
October 12, 2014, 4:00pm (pre-concert talk at 3:15pm)
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 North Fitzhugh Street, Rochester
Brazilian countertenor José Lemos is noted worldwide for his unique artistry in opera and concert. Of a performance as Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque, the Boston Globe said, “…Lemos sang with a big, colorful, sexy tone and almost recklessly brilliant coloratura.” In the 2013-14 season his performances included the role of Nerea in Steffani’s Niobe with the Boston Early Music Festival; Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall; and Ottone in Agrippina with Operamission. In addition, his debut solo CD “Io vidi in terra” was released in September 2013 on the Sono Luminus label. Upcoming engagements include returns to the Boston Early Music Festival as Nerea in Steffani’s Niobe for a European tour and as Nutrice in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Pisandro in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for the 2015 Festival performances in Boston and Great Barrington; as well as a series of concerts in upstate New York with the Pegasus Early Music Ensemble.
José Lemos was the First Prize winner at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition of Chimay, Belgiumand was awarded both a 2003 and 2004 Tanglewood Music Fellowship where he made his USA operatic debut in Zuidam’s Rage D’Amour and in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Oberon. The following season he made his European debut at the Zürich Opernhaus as Nireno in Giulio Cesare. That was followed by appearances such as the Aldeburgh Festival in England, in a production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen under the baton of Harry Bicket.
Some highlights of recent seasons include his debut at Opera de Nice performing the role of Policare in Scarlatti’s Tigrane, which will be released as a DVD on the Dynamic label; his return Vlaamse Opera as Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina; King Darius in the medieval Play of Daniel directed by Mary Anne Ballard and Drew Minter as part of the 75th Anniversary of the Cloisters of the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art; a tour of Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio with Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, with performances at Thèatre de Caen, Opera National de Lorraine, Grand Thèatre de Luxemburg, Rose Theater (New York), Barbican Hall (London), and the Thèâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris); Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Real (Madrid), and the Salle Pleyel (Paris); Narciso in Agrippina at the Zürich Opernhaus and Royal Festival Hall (London); Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea with the Seattle Early Music Guild; and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen Handel Festspiele. His long association with the Boston Early Music Festival includes performances as Nerea in Niobe, the Sprit in Dido and Aeneas, and Silène in Lully’s Psyche, which was released on the German label CPO and nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award.
Mr. Lemos has toured extensively and is a guest member with the Baltimore Consort performing in both concert and educational outreach. He has been a regular guest with several American and European early music ensembles such as L’Arpeggiata, Brandywine Baroque, Boston Baroque, Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, NYS Baroque, Chatham Baroque, and Quartetto Brio.
José Lemos holds a Master Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.