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I am very happy to be presenting this suite of dances from my first opera Tamanduá. Virtuoso pianist YinJia Lin and violinist JiIn Yang approached me with the idea. YinJia was familiar with the songs as we had worked together on the 2014 concerts of selections from Tamanduá. IBOC team used the […]

Premier of Tamandua Suite for Piano and Violin


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UPDATE: Thank you all who attended and made this a fantastic party! Photos are available at: brazilianopera.com         I’ll be the DJ for Boca Boca Spring Masquerade! Join us for a great party. Tickets:   Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading… Click Here to purchase Tickets through […]

Boca Boca: Brazilian Opera Spring Masquerade!


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João on Red Carpet Congratulations to Athena Azevedo for photo prize from Graphis! Feeling honored.   Award Silver Photographer Athena Azevedo Client Self Initiated Category Portraits Country United States of America Title Joao on Red Carpet Equipment iPhone 6 Design Firm IF Studio ASSIGNMENT Document composer Joao MacDowell’s visit to […]

Photo prize to Athena Azevedo: Graphis International


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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB.18TH, 2016 OPERA AUDITIONS – THE SEVENTH SEAL The International Brazilian Opera (IBOC) is pleased to announce the first round of auditions for “The Seventh Seal” – Act 1 Concert Preview. Concerts will be presented in Manhattan in the second week of November 2016. There may […]

The Seventh Seal: Auditions are open!



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Unnoficial clip from Documentary by Lais Azevedo and Pedro Urano:   Sample from work in progress: feature documentary film directed by Lais de Azeredo and Pedro Urano. A film about the creative process of composer Joao MacDowell writing a sequence of operas in tribute to Ingmar Bergman. In this you […]

A Ilha – Documentary – sneak peek


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  Swedish news about the presentation of Cries and Whispers during the opening of Bergman Week 2015.       Click for more news about Joao MacDowell’s new composition for wind quintet and cello, utilizing themes from the opera “Cries and Whispers” (Viskningar Och Rop) World première at the opening […]

Cries and Whispers the opera on Swedish Press


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I am very happy to announce that Cries and Whispers, a new opera score developed by the International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC), will be performed during Bergman Week in June of 2015. In the Island of Fårö, Sweden, the place where director Ingmar Bergman chose to  live and work. A section […]

Cries and Whispers at Bergman Week 2015


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A New opera by João MacDowell The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street New York, NY 10016 Thursday, March 26, 8 pm Pre concert talk: 7:30pm. Wine Reception after concert: Come celebrate! $20 ($15 ASF Members) At Box office. Or for concert reservations, call 212.847.9740 […]

Cries and Whispers – Concert Premiere!



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  ópera Flores de Plástico de João MacDowell Récitas: Dias 22 e 29 de janeiro às 20h Sala Baden Powell – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro Estréia brasileira!!! Clarice Prietto: Penélope, Maria Luisa Lundberg: piano,  Leo Brunno: DJ e Teclados Cila MacDowell: videocenografia Direção de movimento: Bayard Tonelli Projeto cenográfico: Sheyla de Castilho Escultura: Marina Vergara Teaser oficial – […]

Plastic Flowers in Rio, this January.


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  Swedish journalist Jannike Ånlund, one of the smartest people I have ever met, paused on her lunch, looked at me from across the table, and asked: “Why do you dedicate so much effort to opera, when it seems to be a dying genre?” Of course my usual reply to […]

Opera is the Art Form of the Future


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  In September 2014 iBoc produced a staged preview of the opera Plastic Flowers at the Vidigal community in Rio de Janeiro. We needed a piano for the performances. This is a documentary of the effort to bring the piano to the theater. A tribute to all the people who […]

Um Piano No Vidigal


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Flores de Plástico – Ópera estreia no  Vidigal 05 de setembro, 20h – 07 de setembro, 17h Teatro do Vidigal Ingressos R$20   Uma ópera contemporânea tem suas primeiras apresentações no teatro da comunidade do Vidigal. O piano sobe o morro e se une ao DJ e ao canto para […]

Flores de Plástico – Prévia no Vidigal!




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  First news about “Cries and Whispers” (Viskningar och Rop) on Swedish Radio Culture News: Kulturnytt. Looking forward to this partnership with director Håkan Lindhé.  Read the interview: Kulturnytt.     Featuring Maestro Néviton Barros, singers Shana Grossman, Alexandra Filipe and Brooke Larimer. Instrumentalists: YinJia Lin, Uka Gameiro,Rachel Scarpati, Julia Kost and Luigi Porto.  

Cries and Whispers on Swedish Radio Culture News: Kulturnytt.


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Boston Metropolitan Opera BMO Merit Award This award recognizes works that demonstrate unusual content, a unique voice, and/or distinctive compositional talent. Recipient works will receive performances, as part of Boston Metro Opera’s regular season.      Boston Metropolitan Opera: The Boston International Contempo Festival. General Director: Christopher A Smith   […]

Tamanduá Receives BMO Merit Award


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Here is a video of a concert preview of “Cries and Whispers”, the opera (Viskningar och rop – Gritos e Sussurros). Thanks to this new work I will be spending the month of July as a resident artist in the Ingmar Bergman Estate in the island of Fårö, Sweden.   For the […]

Residency at the Bergman Estate on Fårö



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Yesterday we got final approval for the ESPN soundtrack for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Here is a little sample of it. This is the first of ten instrumental cues that I wrote for the event, to be broadcast to 61 countries. Ontem fechei a trilha pra transmissão da […]

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil – ESPN soundtrack



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  I am very happy to be in Campinas this week for performances of my Symphony n.1 – Um Sonho Brasileiro. The Orquestra Sinfônica da UniCamp is a professional orquestra dedicated to the performance of works documented by the CIDDIC (Centro de Integração Documentação e Difusão Cultural da UniCamp.) The institution has […]

This week: Orquestra Sinfônica da UniCamp


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– Thank you all for the wonderful support you have been providing! – Agradeço a todos pelo lindo apoio! Next week the Symphony N.1 – Um Sonho Brasileiro will be performed in Campinas: Orquestra Sinfônica da UniCamp conducted by Cinthia Alireti:   • 03/04 Auditório do Departamento do Medicina da UniCamp. • […]

Symphony in Campinas – Sao Paulo