Mattutino de’ Morti de João Domingos Bomtempo (1775-1842)


JUNE 12th 2021 -



Coro e Orquestra do MPMP Património Musical Vivo
Jan Wierzba, maestro
Susana Gaspar, soprano
Catia Moreso, mezzo-soprano
Marco Alves dos Santos, tenor
Juan Orozco, bass I

André Henriques, bass II
Nuno Dias, bass III

This mammoth composition for orchestra, chorus and soloists by Portuguese composer João Domingos Bomtempo (1775-1842) was written for the ceremony surrounding the repatriation of the remains of Her Royal Highness Queen Maria I (1734-1816) from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon in 1822. This will be only the 2nd time that the piece will be performed in its entirety since, and it will be recorded live for a future release on CD. Despite their mournful purpose, these Mattutini are suffused with a radiance that imparts a life-affirming message to this piece, even if it be life beyond death. Bomtempo was the foremost Portuguese musical personality of his time, a free, modern, truly European spirit who played a pivotal role in the country’s musical life.
Mattutino de’ Morti
Responsorium I: "Credo quod Redemptor meus vivit..."
Responsorium II: “Qui Lazarum resuscitasti…”
Responsorium III: "Domine, quando veneris judicare terram..."
Responsorium IV: “Memento mei, Deus, quia ventus est vita mea...”
Responsorium V: “Hei mihi, Domine, quia peccavi nimis in vita mea...”
Responsorium VI: “Ne recorderis peccata mea, Domine...”
Responsorium VII: “Peccantem me quotidie...”
Responsorium VIII: “Domine, secundum actum meum nolli me judicare...”
Responsorium IX: “Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna in die illa tremenda...”

Susana Gaspar, soprano

Portuguese soprano Susana Gaspar was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in 2011–13 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She studied at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio.
Gaspar represented Portugal in the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
She has appeared in numerous major operatic roles and concerts at prestigious international venues, including: Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Centro Cultural de Belém, Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, Casa da Música, Grange Park Opera, Nevill Holt Opera.
Her operatic roles include: Mimì La Bohème; Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly; Marguerite Faust; Manon Manon; Gilda Rigoletto; Violetta La Traviata; Voce del Cielo Don Carlo; Gianetta L’elisir d’amore; Paride Paride ed Elena; Clarice Il mondo della Luna; Azema Semiramide.
Gaspar has worked with Gustavo Dudamel (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra), Antonio Pappano and Mark Elder, amongst others.
Her discography includes several albums for Opera Rara and Naxos.

Cátia Moreso, mezzo

Cátia Moreso studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, where she obtained a degree in singing and a Master's degree (Opera Course). Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, she studied at the National Opera Studio with Susan Waters.
Her opera repertoire includes: Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, La ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, 3rd Magd in Elektra, Ježibaba in Rusalka, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Mother Goose in The Rake's Progress, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Eva in Comedie on the Bridge , Clotilde in Norma, 2nd Witch and Spirit, in Dido and Aeneas, Maddalena and Giovanna in Rigoletto, Mezzo in Lady Sarashina by Peter Eötvos, Eboli in Don Carlo and La cieca in La Gioconda, Giano in Il Trionfo d'Amore, Dianora and Elisa in La Spinalba de Almeida; Hanna Wilson / Tracy in Richard Wargo's The Losers, 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute, Baroness in Chérubin, Madame de Croissy and Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites; Zanetto at Mascagni's homonymous opera, Carmella in La vida breve de Falla (Tanglewood); Marcellina, in Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff.
Her concert repertoire includes Requiem de Verdi, Duruflé, Mozart and Bomtempo, Nelson Mass de Haydn, Gloria and Magnificat de Vivaldi, Stabat Mater and Magnificat de Pergolesi, Magnificat, Oratorio de Natal, Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Mass No. 3 and Te Deum by Bruckner, Elijah and St. Paul by Mendelssohn, Messiah and Te Deum by Handel, Te Deum by Zelenka and Ninth Symphony by Beethoven.

Marco Alves dos Santos, tenor

Marco Alves dos Santos graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London on a Gulbenkian scholarship, in 2003. Has worked as a soloist in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, England and Germany, and his operatic roles include Tamino (Zauberflöte), Mr. Owen (Postcard from Morocco), Tristan (Le Vin Herbé), Leandro (La Spinalba), Orphée (Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Die Hexe (Hansel & Gretel), Prunier (La Rondine), Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski (Candide), Ferrando (Cosí fan Tutte), Conte Almaviva (Barbiere di Seviglia), Acis (Acis & Galatea), Melot/Seeman (Tristan und Isolde), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia), Aegisth (Elektra) and Arbace (Idomeneo).
Recent concert appearances include the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium and Oster-Oratorium and tenor soloist in Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Messiah (Handel), Petite Messe (Rossini) and Requiem (Mozart).
Engagements for this season include Gilvaz (Guerras Alecrim e Manjerona), Recitant (L'enfance do Christ), Don Ottavio (D.Giovanni), Tybalt (Romeo et Juiliette) and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion arias at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Juan Orozco, baixo-barítono

A native of Hidalgo state (north of Mexico City), bass-baritone Juan Orozco made his operatic debut in 2001, as Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) in Mexico City, developing an active career in his home country in the following years. His European debut took place in October 2007, at Theater Bremen (Germany), as Nabucco in Verdi’s eponymous opera. Other guest appearances followed, which led to his engagement as an ensemble member of Theater Freiburg in 2010, where he has been based since.
Other engagements took him to a number of opera houses across Germany and, abroad, to Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and his native Mexico. This is Mr. Orozco’s debut in Portugal.
His repertory includes all the main bass/baritone roles in the operas of Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, besides Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal, Strauss’ Salome, Bizet’s Carmen, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and the Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci double bill, among others. He recorded Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and Cilea’s L’Arlesiana for the CPO label, and Massenet’s Cendrillon for Naxos. In Mexico, he’s featured in a DVD release of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Filarmonica Jalisco.

André da Cruz Henriques, baixo - barítono

Born in Lisbon, André Henriques graduated as a singer at the Lisbon Conservatory, under the orientation of professor António Wagner Diniz. With a Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship, he completed his master in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a Donald Maxwell’s student. His roles of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) e Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) e Gregorio (Romeo et Juliette) at Gulbenkian’s seasons, Dandini (La Cenerentola) e Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with RWCMD, Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi) woth the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore), with all’Opera granted him solid recognitions in the operatic field. As a concert and oratorial soloist, the performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Stabat Mater de Szymanowski (at St. David's Hall), Missa Solemnis de Beethoven (Religious Music Festival of Cuenca), stand out, as well  Mozart’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’ Magnificat and Die Schöpfung by Haydn.

Nuno Dias, baixo

Graduated in Universidade de Aveiro, in the class of Isabel Alcobia, where was Assistant Teacher during 2013/2014. Developed his skills with Alan Watt, Michael Rhodes and Tom Krause. Earned a Scholarship from Gulbenkian Foundation, taking part of ENOA project in several Masterclasses. Took part of Verbier Opera Academy in 2013 where he won the prize Thierry Marmod for Young Promise Artist. Worked also with Barbara Bonney, Claudio Desderi, Thomas Quasthoff and Tim Caroll.
As a soloist, in Oratorium, has been singing in concerts with national and international orchestras, singing reference pieces of choral-symphonic repertoire such as S. Matheus and S. John Passion from J. S. Bach, The Messiah from G. F. Handel, Messa da Requiem de W. A. Mozart, The Creation from J. Haydn , Symphony nº9 from L. V. Beethoven and Messa da Requiem from G. Verdi.
In Opera sung during  the last consecutive seasons in São Carlos Opera Theatre, composers such as G. Puccini, G. Donizetti, G. Rossini, I. Stravinsky, B. Britten, L. Bernstein amongst others. His repertoire is also enriched with W. A. Mozart and G. Verdi, H. Purcell works in many other national and international stages.
From his recordings, stands the work Canções Pagãs, dedicated to the songbook of Luis Goes.
Was a resident singer in Staadttheater Bern in 2014/2015 season.
Presently is a resident singer in São Carlos Opera Theatre, Lisbon.

MPMP Património Musical Vivo

Ensemble MPMP Património Musical Vivo is a group of flexible instrumentation which, since 2012, has worked closely with musicologists and composers to both rediscover Portuguese past musical heritage and to develop contemporary repertoires. It has been featured in the Festival Prémio Jovens Músicos (2013 and 2015) and at the Festival Música em São Roque (2013 to 2019), having given the first modern performances of about a dozen composers from the 18th to the 20th century. Its piano four hands duet and string quartet travelled to Brazil for a tour in 2014. In 2015, it produced the operas O cavaleiro das mãos irresistíveis (The Knight with the Irresistible Hands) and Cai uma rosa… (A Rose Falls…) by Ruy Coelho and Daniel Moreira. The group gave rise to the “Latitudes” and “Música Portátil” (Portable Music) projects and has registered already four CD. Ensemble MPMP Património Musical Vivo’s concert regarding João Domingos Bomtempo’s Requiem to the memory of Camões, given in 2017 edition of “Dias da Música” festival, was broadcasted by Portuguese national television RTP.

Jan Wierzba, maestro

Born in Poland and raised in Porto, Jan Wierzba is one of the most promising and versatile orchestra directors of his generation. Nurturing interest in various forms of artistic expression, his repertoire has embraced from symphonic, symphonic-choral and a cappella choral context to theatre and opera related in numerous educational projects.
He is currently Artistic Director of the MPMP Património Musical Vivo Ensemble and Principal Conductor of the “Orquestra Clássica do Centro” and the Chamber Orchestra of Almada, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent and future projects include programs with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Coimbra Classical Orchestra and Madeira Classical Orchestra.