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Marco Alves dos Santos (Tenor)

Born: Portugal

The Portuguese tenor, Marco Alves dos Santos, graduated in in singing from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Marco Alves dos Santos began his career as a professional soloist in 2003 in the Jeunes Voix du Rhin (Opéra National du Rhin, France), where he played, among others, the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Mr. Owen in Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento. Subsequent roles include Tristan in Le vin herbe by Frank Martin (Teatro Aberto), Leandro in La Spinalba (Casa da Música), Orphée in La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (Festivais de Vigo and Óbidos), Cavaliere in La Donna di Genio by Marcos Portugal (Faro) and Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Orquestra do Norte). He joined the cast of Evil Machines by Terry Jones and Luís Tinoco (São Luiz).. He was Anthony in Sweeney Todd (D. Maria II and Teatro Aberto, with João Paulo Santos) and Nathanael in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (TNSC), and also participated in concerts and recitals in Portugal, France, Italy and the UK.

The symphonic repertoire stand out in Marco Alves dos Santos' concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Orquestras Metropolitana de Lisboa (OML), Sinfónica Portuguesa (OSP), do Algarve, Filarmonia das Beiras, Clássica de Espinho, do Norte (ON), Sinfónica Juvenil (OSJ) and Orquestra Divino Sospiro (ODS), having performed at the Fundação Gulbenkian, CCB, Casa da Música e Coliseu do Porto, among other concertt halls.

In 2009 Marco Alves dos Santos debuted the role of Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Obidos Festival and was part of the cast of Young Interpreters TNSC programmme with various roles in the 2009-2010 season, including Il Principe in Bella Dormente nel Bosco by Ottorino Respighi and Die Hexe (The Witch) in Hansel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. In 2011-2012 season he made his debut as Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte (Ensemble Contemporaneus), was Monostatos in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (2011) and El Patched in Charles Gounod's Carmen (2012), both at Seefestspiele in Berlin, and Prunier in La Rondine (Puccini) in TNSC. In 2013 he was Gastone in La Traviata, Borsa in Rigoletto (TNSC), Kornelis in La Princesse Jaune by Camille Saint-Saëns and Pierre in The Wandering Scholar by Gustav Holst (Ensemble Contemporaneus) and The Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Candide by Leonard Bernstein (TNSC). He also participated in Verdi Gala concerts of TNSC and OSJ as well as in Les Béatitudes (César Franck) with OSP in CCB. In 2014 he reincarnated Ferrando with OML and was Nearchus in Poliuto, and also participated in the tribute to Elisabete Matos as Spoletta in Tosca and Altoum in Turandot, alll in TNSC. In 2015 he appeared in the modern premiere of the opera Armida by Josef Mysliveček (OML), and Malcolm in Macbeth by Verdi (TNSC). This year, his enagements include the performance of Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (TNSC) as well as concerts with the ON, OML, the OSJ and the OSP.

Source: Metropolitana Website (2015), English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2015); Photo 02: Progressive DCT, Huffman
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2015)

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Marco Alves dos Santos - Tenor (Metropolitana) [Portuguese]

Marco Alves dos Santos (Gulbenkian Música - Fundação) [Portuguese]

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