Earlier in November, I joined the Coral Municipal de Santos , the harpsichordist Regina Schlochauer and the String Quartet Martins Fontes, at the Pinacoteca Benedicto Calixto in Santos, for an experimental impromptu concert, which actually resulted in a very nice little recital. Our aim was to create more visibility to the choir of Santos which has been recently re structured by the Municipality and Nailse Machado (conductor). More than 60 people attended the concert at the Main Room of the house, exceeding its full capacity.
Nailse and I have a very long history of making music together, from the early 90's when we not only sang together at the Zanzala choir and the Faz de Canto Madrigal, but also formed a vocal quartet to sing Brazilian pop music . As well as Monica Peres, coordinator of the C.A.I.S, ,teacher of music and music theory, who got in touch before I travelled to Brazil, to make this crazy idea possible. Monica was also my acoustic guitar teacher at the Conservatoire in Santos in the 80's! A couple of rehearsals and many emails and whatsApp group messages later we had found the formula to make this concert to happen.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me, to make new friends in the Quartet and to meet Regina, one of the most prominent Harpsichord teachers in Brazil.
During my stay in Brazil I was also asked to speak about my experience in studying in the UK. I explained how Opera singers (like myself) left Brazil in order to study and gain more knowledge about music and art abroad. On that matter, see below my interview to A Tribuna Newspaper together with some other opera singers:
Interview in Portuguese for A Tribuna News.