Iria Perestrelo – soprano
Isabel Calado – piano
Recorded live at St Bride’s on Friday 1st October.
With the support of:
Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros
Moda do ZabumbaA da Silva
De mim já se não lembraM Portugal
Fui-me confessarJ de Mesquita
Moda do LonduF Boaventura
Diz amor que te fiz eu
Nasci para ser infeliz
O prazer que sinto na alma
Lundum: Menina você que tem?
Lundum: Esta noite
Moda da Copa das CaldasM Portugal
Se dos males
Portuguese soprano Iria Perestrelo completed a Master’s in Historical Performance and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with scholarships from numerous institutions. Iria has performed at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St George’s Hanover Square (London Handel Festival), Brighton Early Music Festival and the National Portrait Gallery. She is a prizewinner of several competitions including Jovens Criadores – Instituto Português da Juventude for her performance of Francisco Col Garcia’ Óxido; Op 9 – Wigmore Hall, 2010; Audience Prize – Concurso de Canto Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa in Lisbon, 2012.
Operatic roles include Susanna, Adele – Fledermaus (Teatr Wielki, Warsaw); Gingerbread Woman – Village Romeo & Juliet; Moth – Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barbican); 1st Maid – Bach St Mathew Passion (National Theatre, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller); Grange Park Opera chorus – Eugene Onegin, Puritani and Fiddler on the Roof. With the Choir of the Enlightenment Iria sang at the Proms 2015 under Marin Alsop, and in 2014 Haydn’s Creation with Sir Simon Rattle.
Isabel Calado performs regularly on the harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano both as a solo player and basso continuo player in chamber music groups and orchestras in Europe, America and Asia and she is also a conductor. Isabel investigates 18th, 19th and early 20th century Portuguese musical sources – writing the necessary musical adaptations as well as completing the missing parts. She currently teaches Harpsichord and Basso Continuo at Conservatório de Música do Porto, Portugal and gives regular masterclasses in Japan.
Her musical studies include a Master’s in Music Teaching – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and a PhD in Musicology – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She received the merit prize of Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa in 2005. Her solo discography includes works by D Scarlatti, C P E Bach, F Couperin and 18th century Portuguese composers. Other recordings include 19th century popular Portuguese songs with the singer Márcio da Rosa and late 18th and early 19th century Portuguese songs with Iria Perestrelo.
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