Josy Santos instantly proved her value … Opera, March 2017
In June 2021, Josy Santos made her debut at Oper Frankfurt. During the 2020/2021 season, she performed Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Theater Luzern) and Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri (Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn). The Brasilian artist made her debut at Opéra national du Rhin in 2017, performed Bernardo Cenci in Ginastera’s Beatrix Cenci in 2019 and will return for Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared in 2022. Her debut at Wiener Staatsoper in a leading role in a new production had to be postponed due to Covid-19.
From 2017 to 2019, the mezzo-soprano was a member of Hannover State Opera, where her repertoire included Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and La Marchesa Melibea in Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims. During the 2019/2020 season, she was the musical cover for Mozart’s Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Josy Santos was a member of Stuttgart’s State Opera Studio from 2016 to 2017, singing parts including Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, Oberto in Handel’s Alcina and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – and coverd Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen, Das süße Mädchen in Boesmans‘ Reigen as well as Enrichetta di Francia in Bellini’s I puritani. Josy Santos worked with directors including Frank Castorf, Clarc-Deloeuil – Le Lab, Ingo Kerkhof, Peter Konwitschny, Mariano Pensotti, Jossi Wieler.
The concert soloist’s repertoire includes works such as Bach’s Cantata BWV 76, Garcia’s b-minor-Mass, Haydn’s and Pergolesi’s Requiem as well as Saint-Saëns‘ Oratorio de Noël. Josy Santos performed under the baton of conductors such as Howard Arman, Sylvain Cambreling, Christian Curnyn, Plácido Domingo, Ivan Repušić, Ulf Schirmer, Marc Soustrot, Lorenzo Viotti. She was a guest at Festivals including Festival Música Trancoso and Rheingau Musik Festival. Her debut with Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel had to be canceled due to Covid-19.
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Three questions to Josy Santos:
A composer: Richard Strauss
What was your calling to become a singer? It all started as a game: I loved imitating female singers such as Montserrat Caballé, especially the songs with Freddie Mercury, and then I discovered that I took enormous pleasure in singing and showing my art to the audience.
To be a singer – in three words: dedication, love and discipline.