MATUTTINI DE’ MORTE,
DE JOÃO DOMINGOS BOMTEMPO


ORQUESTRA SINFÓNICA PORTUGUESA
CORO DO TEATRO NACIONAL DE SÃO CARLOS
GRAEME JENKINS | CONDUCTOR
EDUARDA MELO | SOPRANO
CÁTIA MORESO | MEZZO-SOPRANO
MARCO ALVOS DOS SANTOS | TENOR
LUÍS RODRIGUES | BARITONE
ANDRÉ BALEIRO | BARITONE
NUNO DIAS | BARITONE

MATUTTINI DE’ MORTI

JOÃO DOMINGOS BOMTEMPO

(1775-1842)
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SEPTEMBER 12th 2019 – 9.30PM

CENTRO CULTURAL OLGA CADAVAL

Oratorio
MATUTTINI DE’ MORTI

(complete work 9 Responsorios)

4 Responsorios in 2019 - 1st modern presentation, with live recording;

1st part of a two-year project: in 2019 the Sintra Festival presents 4 responsories; in 2020 will present the remaining 5 responsories, with a CD release on the 200º anniversary of the premiere of the work (2022).

João Domingos Bomtempo was a defender of the liberal cause on the civil war in Portugal. After years of struggling against Absolutism, becomes the composer of the new Constitutional Regime, protected by D. Maria II and D. Fernando, the creator of Sintra romanticism aura.
He was a reformer, a pedagogue, founder of the National Conservatory of Lisbon with Almeida Garrett, and a true social activist.

ORQUESTRA SINFÓNICA PORTUGUESA
CORO DO TEATRO NACIONAL DE SÃO CARLOS

GRAEME JENKINS | CONDUCTOR
EDUARDA MELO | SOPRANO
CÁTIA MORESO | MEZZO-SOPRANO
MARCO ALVES DOS SANTOS | TENOR
LUÍS RODRIGUES | BARITONE
ANDRÉ BALEIRO | BARITONE
NUNO DIAS | BARITONE

PORTUGUESE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA AND SÃO CARLOS NATIONAL CHOIR

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (São Carlos National Theatre) was inaugurated on 30th June 1793 and is still today the only Portuguese theatre geared towards producing and presenting opera and choral and symphonic music.

It has had a life full of relevant historic facts, social episodes and cultural events, which enrich its distinctive historic heritage, in a building of neoclassical lines with 18th Century and Italian influence, classified in 1928 as a National Monument.

Its resident artistic groups are the Coro do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (São Carlos National Theatre Chorus), formed in 1943, which interprets the great operatic and choral-symphonic repertoire and is still the only professional choral structure in Portugal; and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portuguese Symphony Orchestra), which dates back to 1993.

The vocation for disseminating the history of opera, the great composers and São Carlos to the public is also pursued by the Theatre’s Educational Project, which promotes guided tours of the Theatre’s building, but also organises a series of other fun and educational activities for children and young people, family and teachers as well as the general public, aiming to bring the Theatre closer to the community.
The building’s extraordinary architectural value and beauty, as well as the outstanding musical quality which have denoted its long existence have made the São Carlos National Theatre a household name on the Portuguese artistic and cultural scene. But nowadays, São Carlos is much more than a mere heir to that historic aspect, it is a living house of music and culture, always welcoming, offering a varied programme and prepared to respond to the most discerning music-lovers and able to captivate less frequent spectators.

GRAEME JENKINS

The English conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of opera. Appointed Music Director of Dallas Opera in 1994, he has also held the positions of Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986 - 1991) and Principal Guest Conductor of Cologne Opera (1997 - 2002).

During his illustrious career Mr Jenkins has conducted 112 different works in 171 opera productions in houses such as Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North in the UK, and abroad with Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Australian Opera, Canadian Opera and Glimmerglass. His vast repertoire spans from the early baroque through the core Italian and German masterworks to world premieres by Stephen Oliver (Timon of Athens at ENO) and Tobias Picker (Thérèse Raquin recorded by Chandos).

In October 2009 Graeme Jenkins oversaw the transition of Dallas Opera into their new home, the Winspear Opera House designed by Lord Foster as part of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights from his time in Dallas include becoming the youngest ever British conductor to have conducted The Ring, productions of Wozzeck, Jenufa, Ariodante, Lohengrin, Boris Godunov and Queen of Spades and for this season Tristan und Isolde, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Magic Flute. Future plans in Dallas include Aida and The Aspern Papers by Dominick Argento.

In 2005 Graeme Jenkins made his debut at Vienna State Opera with the celebrated Willy Decker production of Britten's Billy Budd, with Simon Keenlyside in the title role. Subsequently he was invited to take over Jenufa from Seiji Ozawa and conducted further performances of Jenufa in 2009, followed by Der fliegende Holländer in 2010 and Billy Budd and Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in 2011. In 2013 he will return to Vienna for Peter Grimes and make his Welsh National Opera debut in a new production of Maria Stuarda.

Engagements with other European houses in recent seasons have included The Marriage of Figaro at Theater an der Wien and Hansel und Gretel for his debut with Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. His regular appearances in Scandinavia have featured La Clemenza di Tito, Don Carlos and a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for Royal Danish Opera and La Cenerentola and The Barber of Seville with the Royal Swedish Opera.

Graeme Jenkins is also in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, and is particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss as well as all the major choral works. In recent seasons he has worked with the Minnesota, Dallas, Houston, Utah, Melbourne and Perth orchestras, and in Europe with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Danish Opera Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, National Orchestra of Porto and Galicia Orchestra. In December 2010 he conducted the New Year performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In June 2012 he returned to his Alma Mater to conduct Berlioz Te Deum in King's College, Cambridge.

Graeme Jenkins studied conducting at the Royal College of Music having previously read music at the University of Cambridge. He worked with Norman Del Mar and Sir David Willcocks, assisted Sir Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink, and as an Adrian Boult Conducting Scholar directed Britten's Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw.