Victor's first solo appearance as a singer was in Carmina Burana for an audience of 2000 people, still as a student of Classical Singing at the Universidade Tom Jobim in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After living a successful career as a Dentist, Victor joined the internationally awarded professional choir OSESP (Brazil) in 2002. In 2012, he celebrates his 10th anniversary as a professional singer, alternating works as an Operatic singer and as a chorister .
I In 2005, Victor had his debut in Opera, singing the role of Schaunard at the Teatro Sao Pedro, in Sao Paulo. He has subsequently taken several roles in Brazil and later in the UK, including: Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” , Father Peter, in “Hansel and Gretel”; Mr Gobineau, in Menotti's “The Medium”; Maestro, in “Prima la Musica Poi le Parole” (Salieri) ; Schaunard and Marcello in "La Boheme"; Conte Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro"; Hymen, in Purcell's “The Fairy Queen”; Germont in Verdi's “La Traviata”; Belcore in "L'Elisir d'Amor"; Falstaff in Verdi's 'Falstaff” .
He is described by critics as having a “restraint and truly well placed baritone voice” giving a “well developed performance and a convincing character” and “an opera singer to look out for”. In 2011, after being awarded a scholarship he completed the Advanced Performers Opera Studio in London, where he studied with the most influential directors, coaches and singers in the UK.
Victor performs at the major concert halls and theatres in Brazil, including: Sala Sao Paulo, Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Memorial da America Latina, Teatro Sao Pedro, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and in London's Albert Hall, Barbican, St James Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John's Smyth Square. Victor is currently part of the professional singers of the Philharmonia Chorus, London. His most recent work as Figaro with Pavilion Opera resulted in a series of contracts for 2013, playing Dr Malatesta also with Pavilion, in Don Pasquale, Papageno in Magic Flute and Amonasro in Aida.
2012 has been a very busy year so far. Falstaff was great fun, Hansel and Gretel and Figaro, from the Barber ... wow... another hardcore role! And now preparing for some more H&G and traveling with Philharmonia Chorus. Please hit the Twitter button if you would like to receive more updated information . 2013 is looking good too, with a secure contract with Pavilion Opera for Don Pasquale. All dream roles! Hope 2012 is giving you some great fun too and that you can enjoy one of my shows soon.
Falstaff is almost ready! After a successful series of performances of Hansel and Gretel with Opera at Home, under the wonderful direction of Jose Manuel Gandia and Alexia Mankovskaya, I am now fat , aging and broke. The action is happening around the year 1660 in Holland, and Falstaff will use his knightly name to try to arrange a lover to pay for his huge expenses in the tavern. The adaptation of the Shakespearian tale , was hugely successful and it is one of the last if not the last operas written be Giuseppe Verdi, in the format of Comedy. Actually funny enough, I have researched a lot about these 2 productions ( H&G and Falstaff) and discovered that they were both premiered abroad in Hamburg in 1894 and conducted by Mahler. So, it comes to my attention that even though they are works of completely different styles, they had some thing in them that sparkled the interest of Mahler to present them on the same season.
Well, my Falstaff, with Harrow Opera has a fabulous cast and brings promises of laughs and entertainment.
Last year I had the opportunity to teach Singing at Highbury Grove School, a Music Specialist School. This was a great experience that consolidated my coaching skills. I used my knowledge and my experience in teaching and conducting choirs to bring a professional approach to singing and performing. Those kids are great. I decided to keep some space in my diary dedicated to teaching and coaching. If you are interested in having a session, please get in touch. We will be able to work breathing, alexander technique, singing technique, projection, interpretaion, posture, acting for singers, repertoire and much more. I am sure everyone can benefit from the classical techniques for singing whatever level one is. Voice coaching will provide you with the tools you need to use the best of your voice in all occasions. Give it a try. I hope to see you soon. v
Happy 2011 everyone. As you can see, my new web site is almost ready. I am gathering useful information about me and my career . After years using myspace as a main contact tool I felt there was a need for a professional touch and a clear showcase of my work . That's right. I start 2011 welcoming my new agent Mair Rees-Davies with plenty to add to my career . Well, I actually started 2011 sunbathing in my hometown in Brazil, Santos and having a good rest. 2010 was a tough one. World crisis, and everything else you read on the news. Actually it was a great year for me. I had shows in Slovenia, Islamabad, France , Brazil , I played the long desired role of Count Almaviva with Co-opera-co, along with my 6th time of Schaunard ( which is always a pleasure playing ) among many other things. I am pretty sure 2011 will bring much more. I wish you all a wonderful 2011 full of joy and success.
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Victor Sgarbi, Baritone - Living in the UK since 2007