Music







My sister, video artist extraordinaire Cila MacDowell is preparing the projection materials for our new opera: “Plastic Flowers.” So, we are looking for images from the female universe: girl’s bedrooms, untied beds, objects that sign for the presence of couples, wedding cakes, flowers, valentine flowers, wedding flowers, funeral flowers, cemeteries, […]

Send us Feminine Images for “Plastic Flowers”!






(I usually write in English, but this time it’ll have to be in Portuguese) Encontrei uma lista das produções operísticas no Brasil de 2012 no site: Movimento.com Não creio que o nome seja derivado da ária “Movimento” na minha ópera Tamanduá… em todo caso, fiquei feliz em encontrar um portal […]

As Óperas de 2012 no Brasil







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Since I started writing operas I found myself paying attention to stories that could be set to music. I listen to stories, I read them, I try to find hidden stories under the meaningless speech of everyday life. I keep stories in a large storage space that I have inside […]

I Collect Stories


The operatic aria developed from the song form. The aria da capo was preponderant in early baroque opera and for much of the classical period. The ABA form was sometimes criticized because the repetition did not always make sense in the dramatic flow. It is a situation where the musical […]

About Opera


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Opera has a way of mixing life touching stories with melodies that stay with us. Opera is the ultimate arrogance of art, and so it fails. Opera is chic, elegant, fine seductive. Opera is the charm of our time. Opera makes sense in a multidisciplinary world of art. Opera is […]

Why Opera? – 1a





Check out my new images page at: cargocollective.com/joaomacdowell it’s a cool platform. My sister has the coolest portfolio there, special attention to the videoscenography page: cargocollective.com/cilamacdowell