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Born in Brazil, countertenor José Lemos pursued musical studies in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston (South Carolina) and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Awarded Tanglewood Music Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004, his first operatic performances in the United States were in Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’Amours and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood. He also won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition in Chimay, Belgium. From those beginnings, José’s operatic career has flourished with lauded appearances at Opernhaus Zürich as Nireno in Händel’s Giulio Cesare and Narcisco in the same composer’s Agrippina, both under the baton of Marc Minkowski; an extensive tour with Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio in a production with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie that was subsequently released on DVD (Virgin Classics); successful turns as Nutrice in Pier Luigi Pizzi’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Real de Madrid and Salle Pleyel in Paris, also recorded by Virgin Classics for DVD release; acclaimed performances of Tolomeo in Händel’s Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen Händel Festspiele, conducted by Nicholas McGegan; and appearances in productions of Lully’s Psyché (recorded by cpo), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Steffani’s Niobe, regina di Tebe. Recent operatic roles include Narcisco in Agrippina at Vlaamse Opera in Ghent, Belgium, and Policare in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Tigrane at the Opéra de Nice. As a concert artist, José has sung in performances of Mozart’s Krönungsmesse at Carnegie Hall and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Pursuing his loves for Early Music and Baroque repertory, he has toured extensively as a guest member of the Baltimore Consort and has been a regular collaborator with Early Music ensembles such as Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata, Brandywine Baroque (Wilmington, Delaware), Boston Baroque, Magnificat (San Francisco), NYS Baroque (Ithaca and Syracuse, New York), Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and Quartetto Brio. In recital, José has delighted audiences with his performances alongside Uruguayan guitarist Marco Sartor. Recording with Dorian/Sono Luminus, José worked with The Baltimor Consort to record Adío España (DSL-90901), a recital of music from Spain’s Age of Discovery. He also recorded Romance (DSL-92708) and Sol y Luna (DSL-92118) with Brio, featuring the exotic music of Sephardic Jews in Spain.


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