This year saw the biggest project so far in Orquestra XXI’s history, as we put together Berlioz’s genre-defying masterpiece “Roméo et Juliette”. A large-scale “dramatic symphony” for two choruses, large orchestra and soloists, it’s a piece that I first came across when I started working with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and had to conduct the semi-chorus at the Proms. So it was an amazing experience to come back to this piece and now conduct the whole thing with such great soloists (Anna Stéphany, João Pedro Cabral and Stephan Loges) and with an expanded Orquestra XXI!
2019 began with my debut with the English Baroque Soloists, conducting two programmes of Bach’s orchestral music, as part of the Cartagena International Music Festival.
There are some reviews below and more information here.
‘The English Baroque Soloist offered, under the direction of the young and vital Dinis Sousa, a selection of the magnificent orchestral work of Bach in a bright and fresh interpretation without transgressing the style.’ El Spectador, Carolina Conti
‘The English Baroque Soloists gave a concert that captured the essence of a festival that beautifully melds ancient venues with baroque masterworks.’ The City Paper Bogota
‘Another high point was the performances the English Baroque Soloists, with their virtuoso performances of Bach’s repertoire.’ El Tiempo, Yhonatan Loaiza Grisales
My second visit to Madeira culminated in a sold-out concert of Rachmaninoff and Brahms in Teatro Baltazar Dias, with pianist Pasquale Iannone, and we were thrilled to get such a wonderful review!
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras (English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique) have announced the creation of this new post and it’s a huge honour for me to be the first-ever person to hold it! More info here: https://monteverdi.co.uk/news/mco-announce-new-assistant-conductor
Last month saw the 5th Anniversary of Orquestra XXI and, to celebrate, we had a fantastic tour of 4 concerts across Portugal, with a programme of Ligeti, Mozart and Beethoven.
The tour of Das Paradies und die Peri finished in Lisbon at Centro Cultural de Belém, with a critically acclaimed concert that was broadcast live on radio and recorded for a broadcast later this year!
Read the full review (in Portuguese) here.