Rossini’s religious facet

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Edna D’Oliveira, soprano
Luisa Francesconi, mezzo-soprano
Paulo Mandarino, tenor
Sávio Sperandio, bass
Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte, choir
Iara Fricke Matte, choir conductor

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Petite messe solennelle [Little Solemn Mass]

Fabio Mechetti, conductor

Born in São Paulo, Fabio Mechetti is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since its creation in 2008. Recently, he became the first Brazilian invited to lead an Asian orchestra, being appointed Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic. In the United States, Mechetti was Resident Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony, and is now Conductor Emeritus of the Spokane Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony, after leading them for many seasons with great success. In Washington, he served as Associate Conductor for Mstislav Rostropovich in the National Symphony. With a solid career both in the USA and Brazil, Mechetti has already performed in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Sweden, and Italy. He is also a winner of the Malko Competition and holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music.

One of the most important sopranos on the Brazilian lyric scene, Edna is acclaimed for her interpretations of Villa-Lobos, in particular of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Forest of the Amazon, which she recorded with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. Her opera repertoire includes important roles in Rigoletto by Verdi, The Magic Flute by Mozart, and Fledermaus [The Bat] by Johann Strauss Jr. She has participated in several seasons of the Amazonas Opera Festival, in Brazil, and has worked with many renowned conductors, such as Alastair Willis, John Neschling, Roberto Minczuck and Isaac Karabtchevsky. D’Oliveira studied in England with Alex Ingram and Lionel Friend, conductors of the English National Opera. She also honed her skills in lieder in Germany, and spent some time in Vienna improving her singing with soprano Eliane Coelho.

Luisa Francesconi has an exceptional ability for coloratura and is an expert in Mozart and Rossini roles, as well as the French repertoire. She appeared in operas such as Il Barbieri di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Francesconi performs regularly on major stages in Brazil, Italy and Portugal. Her concert repertoire includes remarkable performances of Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody; Bach’s Mass in B minor; Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass; Haendel’s Messiah; Beethoven’s Mass in C minor and Choral Fantasy; Mahler’s Second, Third and Eighth symphonies; Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle; and Villa-Lobos’ Forest of the Amazon. As soloist, the singer recorded Beethoven’s Ninth and Erick Zeisl’s Requiem Ebraico, both released by Biscoito Fino label.

Sávio Sperandio remarkable voice and stage presence make him one of the most required singers in Brazil. He has performed opera roles on major stages in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belém, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. Abroad, he sang as Bartolo in Il Barbieri di Siviglia at Teatro Cólon (Argentina), Ercolano Opera Festival (Italy) and Teatro Real (Spain). Sperandio also perfomed at Rossini Opera Festival, Teatro Arriaga and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, among others important stages. He has collaborated with Emilio Sagi, Alberto Zedda e Roberto Abbado. Some of his most recent performances are in The Rake’s Progress, Nabucco, Roméo et Juliette and Aida.

Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte is a mixed ensemble devoted to the interpretation of baroque, classical and renaissance music, as well as of a selected repertoire of contemporary composers. Created by conductor Iara Fricke Matte, it had its debut on December 2016, presenting Mozart’s Requiem with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, starting then a series of collaborations with the Orchestra. Future projects include programming of several vocal/orchestral works by J. S. Bach, his contemporary Jan Dismas Zelenka and Brazilian colonial composers, besides several instrumental works from the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century.

Iara Fricke Matte is a choral and orchestral conductor devoted to the study and performance of compositions from the Baroque and Renaissance periods as well as of a selected number of contemporary pieces. Her repertoire is comprised of choral and a cappella works, symphonic, and symphonic-choral works, with a particular interest and affinity for the repertoire of J. S. Bach. Fricke Matte holds a PhD and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and the University of Minnesota. As a student at Indiana University, she also specialized in Early Music performance and Music History. She teaches orchestral and choral conducting at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. As Music and Artistic Director of the choir Ars Nova, from the same university, she obtained the award Troféu JK de Cultura e Desenvolvimento [JK Prize of Culture and Development], as well as third place in the mixed-choir, classical music category of the 34th International Music Festival of Cantonigròs (Spain). In 2016, she created the ensemble Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte.

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