Cries And Whispers – an opera by João MacDowell

Concert Premiere

The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Thursday, March 26

8pm Concert

Pre concert talk: 7:30pm. Wine Reception after concert. Celebrate!

$20 ($15 ASF Members) At Box Office.

Or for concert reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email

For those who are far or just can’t make it to our  concert premiere, here is a chance to pre-order your CD, DVD, poster and score book on our Kickstarter fund raise!

Cries and Whispers - Poster
Poster by IF Studio NY. Design by Toshiaki and Hisa Ide. Photography by Athena Azevedo.


Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop

João MacDowell makes his Scandinavia House debut with his third opera Cries and Whispers. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 film of the same name and the Greek myth of Hekate, the story centers on three sisters – Laura, Dina, and Betty – as they prepare for the imminent death of the youngest.

The roles of Laura, Dina, and Betty will be performed by the sopranos Kristin Young, Alexandra Filipe, and Brooke Larimer. Conducted by Néviton Barros.
Performed in English.

About João MacDowell

Brazilian composer João MacDowell has a career that spans from electronic music to bossa nova to opera. Tamanduá, his first opera (2008), received the Boston Metropolitan Opera’s Merit Award in 2014. MacDowell’s second opera, Plastic Flowers, premiered in New York City in 2012, and was fully staged in Rio de Janeiro (2014-15).The National Theater Orchestra in Brasilia, Brazil (OSTNCS) premiered João MacDowell’s Symphony No.1 in 2014, conducted by Claudio Cohen.

After he participated in an artistic residency at The Bergman Estate on Fårö in 2014, where he worked on Cries and Whispers, the International Brazilian Opera Company premiered an excerpt from the opera in March 2014.


More info: Scandinavia House

– Pra quem está longe ou nã pode mesmo ir ao concerto, aqui tem uma chance tde encomendar o CD, DVD, livro de partituras, poster, etc: Campanha de Kickstarter!

Joao MacDowell’s Flores de Plástico featured in O Globo (Brazilian Press)

“Flores de Plástico” is the Portuguese version of “Plastic Flowers” a 2 act opera composed by Joao MacDowell (IBOC’s Artistic Director).

The opera premiered in concert format in New York in 2012, featuring Abby Powell in the lead role of Penelope. This new version had a preview at the Vidigal Favela in Rio de Janeiro September, 2014. This was MacDowell’s second opera, after “Tamanduá.”

Keeping things in perspective: for Brazil “O Globo” is the equivalent to “The New York Times” and “USA Today,” combined. Congratulations to the IBOC team in Rio de Janeiro for doing such a wonderful job!

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Joao MacDowell in O Globo



Read the full article at:

O Globo


Also this week:

Let’s vote for people who are making a difference in NY, IBOC partners:

Please go to the link: and vote for: Maria Inês Moraes and Domicio Coutinho.


Plastic Flowers in Rio, this January!

ópera Flores de Plástico de João MacDowell
Récitas: Dias 22 e 29 de janeiro às 20h

Sala Baden Powell – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Estréia brasileira!!!

Teaser oficial – Ópera “Flores de Plástico” from CLARICE PRIETTO on Vimeo.


Eduardo Vianna: IBOC’s Director of Educational Programs featured on NY Times

On an extensive article released today by the New York Times the experience and expertise of Eduardo Vianna in Developmental Psychology is praised as professor of La Guardia Community College in Queens.

At IBOC we are very proud to have Eduardo Vianna as a member of our board, serving as Director of Educational Programs. We congratulate Eduardo on a lifetime of dedication to community development and education.

IBO’s Director of Educational Programs featured on NY Times



IBOC Chorus – 2014 Celebration

Free Admission!

December 13th. Saturday 4:30 pm

Brazilian Endowment for the Arts

240 E 52nd St, New York, NY

A Concert tribute to Prof. Domicio Coutinho for 12 years of dedication to Brazilian arts and culture, as the head of the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts.

The IBOC Chorus led by maestro Néviton Barros will present a repertoire ranging from Carlos Gomes and native Brazilian folk music to João MacDowell. The concert will feature special guest artists Eliana Marcia, Bill Heigen, Alan Anibal and others.

Please join us for this celebration!

iBoc - March 2014 - Debut Concerts
iBoc – March 2014 – Debut Concerts



Athur Kampela is an important voice in the world of Brazilian music today. One that surprises and challenges listeners into new realms of sonic expression.  Kampela has won some of the most prestigious international prizes for contemporary composition, including the Guggenheim fellowship and Berlin Festspiele. His revolutionary piece “Uma Faca Só Lâmina” (‘A Knife All Blade’) has received critical acclaim after performances and recording by Momenta String Quartet. The NY TIMES as well as European newspapers recognize Kampela as as one of the most representative voices of his generation.1537783_671737026202368_2057198295_o

This week we have a rare opportunity to hear Kampela play a program of his own music including his experimentations with contemporary Bossa and some more adventurous pieces. Not to be missed.

KAMPELA AND BAND AT SPECTRUM SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29 (AFTER THANKSGIVING) @ 9:30 PM. (121 Ludlow street, East Village, 2nd floor)
TUNE IN FOR A PREVIEW OF THE SHOW at RADIO WKCR on WEDNESDAY NOV. 26th from 10PM till 1 AM. — A “KAMPSGIVING” PARADE OF MY MUSIC and a free ride to a good (in)digestion… It will remain in your guts after hearing some of my band’s musicians playing live all my “stuffings…”


Arthur Kampela
Arthur Kampela

First Finished Composition on our New Music Program

Composer Bill Heigen in collaboration with poet Marcos Bassini delivered this week the first completed musical piece of our program for the creation of new repertoire.

We are very proud of the result achieved. This 3 movement cycle for Chorus (SATB),  will soon start to be rehearsed by Maestro Néviton Barros with the iBoc singers. Congratulations!

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First pages of Nights Cariocas by Bill Heigen and Marcos Bassini, dedicated to João MacDowell.

“This work has been developed as part of a collaboration project fostered by the International Brazilian Opera Company (iBoc) with the goal to create new vocal repertoire for classically trained singers by incorporating ideas from Brazilian and international artists. The thematic material is derived from contemporary life in Rio de Janeiro.”

Bill Heigen





Laudi gets great reviews for theater performances

Laudicéia Calixto (aka: Laudi) has been a chorus member and a close collaborator of composer João MacDowell since 2008, date of the first concerts featuring selections from Tamanduá – a Brazilian Opera, in New York. The theater play “The Maids’ The Maids” features an iconoclastic reinterpretation of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” through the real life experience of Laudicéia and Rita Oliveira as professional housekeepers.

Besides singing and acting, Laudi is also a talented pianist and a musician who has contributed with precious feedback to the work of João MacDowell. One of the highlights of the play is a moment when she sings at full voice, an emotional a capella interpretation of the Brazilian soap-opera theme “Empreguetes.”

Check what the New York Times and Time Out Magazine have to say about Laudi Calixtos’s and Rita Oliveira’s theatrical debut:


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Laudi, Brazilian Opera star gets reviewed in the NY Times




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IBOC – Now an Official 501c3 non-profit

It’s official! The International Brazilian Opera Company is a Federally recognized 501c3 non-profit.  This means all donations (monetary or physical) to the organization are tax- deductible.

We are feeling much gratitude for all of those who have supported us thus far and welcome opportunities for fundraising and collaboration in our mission to advance the operatic genre.


Flores de Plástico – Premiere in Rio de Janeiro

“Flores de Plástico” is the portuguese version of “Plastic Flowers”, an opera by Joao MacDowell.  This new production has mezzo soprano Clarice Prietto in the character of Penelope and presents for the first time the portuguese version of the libretto. As well as a new Intermezzo and Prelude written specially for the occasion.

The opera will premiere in the community theater of the favela Vidigal, which belongs to the theater group “Nós do Morro.” For the purpose of the performance a baby grand piano will be carried down a steep stairway from street level into the theater. Sponsored by Casa Pierre Pianos

The scenery will feature a sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles by Marina Vergara, an artist associated with the Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro. Marina brings to the opera the experience and knowledge of Rio de Janeiro Carnival parades.

The production brings together a remarkable team of collaborators including director Bayard Tonelli, from the legendary theater dance group Dzi Croquettes, production and stage project by Sheyla de Castilho, videoscenography by Cila MacDowell, visuas by Cynthia Tello. Musicians: Maria Luisa Lindberg on piano and Leo Brunno on live electronics.

Flores de Plastico - Clarice


For directions and more information on the event click here.

For Portuguese text about the opera, plese click here.