OPERAFESTIVAL – Bartók Plus 2018 – Closing Gala Performance

Soloists: Eszter Sümegi (soprano), Paulo Ferreira (tenor)
Orchestra: The Pannon Philharmonic
Conducted by: Maestro Tibor Bogányi

3525 Miskolc, Déryné u. 1.

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MESSA DA REQUIEM  – Giuseppe Verdi

Karin Dahlberg – Sopran
Stefanie Irányi – Alt
Paulo Ferreira – Tenor
Renatus Mészár – Bass

Jörg-Peter Weigle – Dirigent

Philharmonischer Chor Berlin
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör

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Voice & Fortepiano * Belcanto Song Recital

The aesthetics and vocals of bel canto are usually associated with the Italian operatic context, but their spirit and expression are also found in varied repertoires outside the opera universe. This recital proposes a reunion with “da camera” songs for voice and piano composed between the century  XIX and beginning of the century XX, interpreted with the accompaniment of a pianoforte, the instrument that preceded the modern piano.

The songs included in this program refer to bel canto expressions in an Italian and French language repertoire, which have in common the elegance and fluid interpretation of the vocal coloratura, characteristics of this style.

Although the term bel canto has not been used before the middle of the century. XIX, was present, as an interpretative style, from the end of the century. XVIII, also influencing the chamber music. Among the composers featured are Italians Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35), and four of his ariette (composed in the 1820s), Luigi Denza (1846-1922), composer of the famous “Funiculì, Funiculà”, and Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) that, like Denza, was celebrated by songs of style Neapolitan.

The program also includes works by the French composer of Venezuelan origin, Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947), who dedicated himself mainly to the composition of vocal repertoire.

(Text by Professor Helena Marinho)


Paolo Tosti (09.04.1846 – 02.12.1916)

La serenata
L’ultima canzone

Reynaldo Hahn (09.08.1874 – 28.01.1974)

A Chloris
L’heure exquise

Vincenzo Bellini (03.11.1801 – 23.09.1835)

Malinconia, Ninfa gentile
Vaga luna che inargenti
Per pietà, bell’idol mio
Ma rendi pur contento

Luigi Denza (24.02.1846 –  26.01.1922)

Occhi turchini
Occhi di fata

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G. Verdi – La Forza del Destino

Cast & Creative

Leonora Mary Elizabeth Williams (ex. 21 April) Claire Rutter (21 April)
Don Alvaro Gwyn Hughes Jones / Paulo Ferreira (as Cover)
Preziosilla/Curra Justina Gringyte
Don Carlo Di Vargas Luis Cansino
Il Marchese di Calatrava / Padre Guardiano Miklós Sebestyén
Fra Melitone Donald Maxwell
Mastro Trabuco Alun Rhys-Jenkins 
Alcade Wyn Pencarreg

Conductor Carlo Rizzi (ex. Plymouth 27 March)
Assistant Conductor Kerem Hasan (Plymouth 27 March )

Director David Pountney
Set Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour
Choreographer Michael Spenceley 

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Andrew Ll. Webber – Requiem

Paulo Ferreira – Tenor
Lauren Michelle – Soprano
Kevin Johansson – Boy Soprano
Ari Rasilainen – Conductor

Choir & Orchestra RTVE

Parque Felipe II, Calle del Rey
28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain



Kulturfabrikken, Sortland – 10.03.2018
Strandgata 1, 8400 Sortland

Andenes – 11.03.2018



… “The Portuguese tenor, Paulo Ferreira, does not depict “Des Grieux” as a tenor who only throws himself powerfully into the high notes. Rather, he finds the delicate tones of the role, sending a lot of feeling over the orchestra pit, and builds it so that the second half of the evening he is in top form.” … by J. Rüth in “Der Opernfreund”, 11/11/2017


…”In the first place is Paulo Ferreira as Enzo. His exceptional singing technique and his metallic timbre, with his “sobbing” that make remember Caruso, perfectly match of what we can be expected from an Italian opera tenor, with specialization in the late-romantic repertoire. On top of this, there is an apparently indestructible self-confidence.” …von Dr. Martin Knust in Operapoint.com

…” The tenor Paulo Ferreira fires off the most penetrating high notes, creating with his passion a splendid atmosphere”… in South Swedish paper (Sydsvenskan)

…”At the opening night Enzo was sung by Paulo Ferreira with great balanced voice, glowing and full of feeling.”… in Swedish Day paper (Svenska Dagbladet (SvD)

…”Enzo was sung by the Portuguese tenor Paulo Ferreira. He has everything that a tenor part needs, as “Italianitta” (tears in the voice) … You can’t be more than impressed.”… in Expressen

…”Paulo Ferreira created an Enzo with his powerful Tenor voice with real italian sound and acting worth to remember.”… in Skanska Dagblatet by Lars-E. Larsson


…”Paulo Ferreira (…) did resound at the Landestheater with a glorious tenor sound.” …  – ( in Merkur by M.Thiel – 13.02.2017)

…”Paulo Ferreira is a powerful Riccardo with a secure height.”… – (by Franz Gratl in Krone – Kultur, 13.02.2017)

…”Paulo Ferreira, strong with frasing and italian tone in the voice.”… – (by Ursula Strohal – Tiroler Tageszeitung, 13.02.2017)

…”The Portuguese tenor Paulo Ferreira presents with a generous and careful singing … that led him to show a huge strength with his personage, even before the bravura passages.”… – by V. Mascherpa – Opern Click, 13.02.2017

…”The tenor Paulo Ferreira have heroically coped physically and vocally the highly demanding role of Riccardo. His coloured rich voice is soft and nevertheless he never miss the focus that allows him to reach easily high notes.”… – (in Opera Plus by D. Doniga, 27.02.2017)


…”The Gala, with the State Opera’s orchestra and soloists, under the baton of Hendrik Vestmann, were the first highlight of the evening and spread great excitement amongst audience members. Out of the many excellent performances Paulo Ferreira’s interpretation of “Nessun Dorma” stood out. How often does one hear this famous aria taken from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot sung so intensively and so radiantly? It was worth coming to the Operaball even just to hear this one hour concert.”…in nwzonline by Christoph Kiefer, 16.01.2017