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Rita Matos Alves - Soprano

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A native of Lisbon, Rita Matos Alves lives in Brussels, where she studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Marcel Vanaud (Master with Grande Distinction).


She continued her training as a resident of the Opera Studio in Pisa: Laboratorio Toscano per la Lirica, under the direction of director Andrea Cigni and conductors Federico Maria Sardelli, Fillipo Maria Bressan, Elio Boncompagni and Guy Condette. She has perfected herself in various Masterclass, given by Nadine Denize, Mya Besselink, Stephan Taylor, Manuela Ochakovsky, Valerie Guillorit, Emil Crasnaru George, Ileana Cotrubas and Montserrat Caballé.


Rita is laureate of the Concours International de Chant de Marmande (France), the Competition Armel Opera Festival (Hungary) and the International Competition Montserrat Caballé (Spain).


In 2016-2017, she sang the Rouen Opera in Tistou les Pouces Verts by Henri Sauguet (role Ms. Mother), under the direction of Paul-Emmanuel Thomas; she has also played the role of Clorinda (La Cenerentola de Rossini) at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, under the direction of George Petrou.


She has also performed in concert with works by Haydn, Schubert, Brahms and Puccini, as well as in recital at the Salons de la Mélodie, where she has privileged the lusophone and Iberian repertoire: Momentos Latinos. She played the role of Mimi in the show Mimi and Rodolfo: a romance after Puccini's opera La Bohème at Poème Theater, Château de Waroux and Théâtre Mercelis.


Rita made her opera debut as part of the Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim (Germany), as Clorinda (Rossini's La Cenerentola), under the baton of Alexandro de Marchi.


A vibrant performer of Mozartian roles, she played The Contessa of Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Teatro Verdi in Pisa (Italy), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Château de Seneffe (Belgium), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at Abbey of Neumünster (Luxembourg) and Susanna (The Nozze di Figaro) at the Academiezaal de Sint-Truiden and the Cultural Center of Lommel (Belgium).


Her roles include Elena (Paride ed Elena de Gluck) at the Royal Opera of Wallonia (Belgium) and Teatro del Giglio di Lucca (Italy), Isabelle (The Lover Jaloux de Grétry) at the Jean-Vilar Theater and at the Royal Theater Festival in Spa (Belgium), as well as the role of Atamira (L'Empio Punito by Alessandro Melani) at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa (Italy), accompanied by the Ensemble Auser Musici under the direction of Carlo Ipata .


She sang the role of French Daughter (Death in Venice by Britten), under the direction of Paul Daniel and directed by Deborah Warner at the Royal Theater of La Monnaie (Brussels), the Grand Theater of Luxembourg and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Country -Low).


As part of the comic opera, Rita performed the title role of La Belle Hélène (Offenbach), the Roubaix Coliseum and the Théâtre des Sablons in Neuilly (France), as well as Diane (Orphée aux enfers de Offenbach) and Simone (Musketeers at the Varney Convent) in Belgium and France.


In concert, she performed in various sacred works (Bach, Zelenka, Caldara, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Rutter, Pärt), notably at the Bozar, at the Chapel Minimes, St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral and in the Great Hall of the Royal Conservatory (Brussels), as well as the Cathedral of Tournai (Belgium).


In recital, Rita has performed in Italy (Pisa's Teatro Verdi, Festival Musica sotto la Torre (Pisa), Festival Pianistico della Città di Carrara), Portugal (Festival ao Largo de Lisboa, Festival Estoril Lisboa), Luxembourg ( European Foyer), and in Belgium (Lasne Festival, Mosan Summer Festival, Midi Minimes Festival, Summer Brussels Festival, Ars Musica Festival, Aula Magna of Louvain-la-Neuve, Rencontres Musicales Internationales d'Enghien).


As part of the Concertini Theater Royal La Monnaie (Brussels), Rita interpreted the role of The Little Cloud in the world premiere of the cantata Book of Thel Piers Maxim, under the direction of the composer.


repertoire


Opera


Mozart

The Nozze di Figaro - Susanna * Early 2012 / The Contessa * Early 2013

Don Giovanni - Zerlina * Early 2011

Die Zauberflöte - Pamina * Early 2011

Cosi fan tutte - Fiordiligi / Despina

Der Schauspieldirektor - Miss Silberklang

The Clemenza di Tito - Servilia

Idomeneo - Ilia


Gluck

Parid ed Elena - Elena * Beginning of 2008

Orpheus and Euricide - Euridice

Iphigenia in Aulin - Iphigenia


Gretry

The Lover Jaloux - Isabelle * Early 2013


Melani

The Empio punito - Atamira / Cloridoro * Early 2015


Rossini

The Cenerentola-Clorinda * Early 2007


Donizetti

The Elisir of Amore - Adina

Don Pasquale- Norina


Bizet

Carmen - Micaela

Pearl Fishers - Leila


Verdi

Rigoletto - Gilda

Falstaff - Nanetta

Ballo in Maschera - Oscar


Gounod

Romeo and Juliet - Juliet


Offenbach

The Belle Hélène - Hélène * Early 2011

Orpheus in the Underworld - Diane * Early 2014

The Tales of Hoffmann - Antonia


Varney

The Musketeers at Simone Convent * Early 2010


Debussy

Pelléas and Mélisande - Mélisande


Stravinsky

The Rake's Progress- Anne Trulove


Britten

Death in Venice - French Daughter * Early 2009




CONCERT


Bach - Magnificat, Passion Markus, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Cantata BWV 17


Brahms - Ein Deutshes Requiem


Caldara- Mass in Sol


Carpenter - Midnight Mass


Faure - Requiem


Michael Haydn - The Cantata Ninfe in belli semplicete


Joseph Haydn - Mass in E flat


Mozart - Requiem, Regina Coeli, Coronation Mass


Mendelssohn - Psalm 42


Pärt - Stabat Mater, Magnificat


Rossini - Little Solemn Mass


Rutter - Requiem

 

Schubert - Mirjams Siegesgesang


Vivaldi - Gloria, Credo 592


Zelenka - Miserere



Recital


French melodies: Fauré, Duparc, Hahn, Debussy, Bizet, Chausson


Italian melodies: Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi


Spanish Melodies: De Falla, Obradors


Portuguese melodies: Da Motta, Lacerda, Fragoso, Macedo Pinto


Lied: Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf




Grand cycles


Fauré: The Good Song


Schumann: Frauenliebe und leben


Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder, 8 Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blätter', Op.10


Wagner: Wesendonck lieder