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.



Homage to Carlos Gomes: Tickets Available

Opera Dolce presents
Homage to Carlos Gomes
A Concert of Rare Operatic and Choral Gems

Washington Irving Auditorium
40 Irving Place, between 16th and 17th Streets
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00pm

The International Brazilian Opera Chorus, led by conductor Néviton Barros, will join forces with Opera Dolce to present Homage to Carlos Gomes.  Our concert will feature selections from the renowned 19th Century Brazilian Maestro’s rarely performed operatic masterpieces, as well as Il Saluto del Brasile (“Brazilian Greeting”), which will be receiving its New York premiere. This beautiful chorus was commissioned by the Emperor of Brazil as a gift to the United States on the occasion of its grand Centennial Celebration on July 4, 1876.  Savor this glorious music as President Grant did long ago!

Carlos Gomes was a household name during Italy’s “Golden Age” of Opera and the first New World composer to be an international sensation.  Brazilian Bass Luiz-Ottavio Faria, who recently made a triumphant debut at Teatro alla Scala, will be joined by Bass-Baritone Andrew Costello of Cologne Opera, Zürich Opera and, most recently, Carnegie Hall.  Our other talented soloists are Philip Alongi, Adam Cromer, Elena Heimur, Pamela Lloyd and Michelle Trovato.  One of New York’s most sought-after pianists, Craig Ketter, will accompany our performers.  The International Brazilian Opera Chorus will join the critically acclaimed Maestro Rosenbaum and The Canticum Novum Singers for an evening of magnificent music.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  To purchase tickets, please visit Brown Paper Tickets: http://operadolce.brownpapertickets.com
For further information please visit www.operadolce.org.


“Cries And Whispers” on Swedish Radio

First news about “Cries and Whispers” (Viskningar och Rop) on Swedish Radio Culture News: Kulturnytt

This work by iBoc resident composer João MacDowell was premiered in a concert preview on our New York concerts on March 2014.


Read the interview: Kulturnytt.



Featuring Maestro Néviton Barros, singers Shana GrossmanAlexandra Filipe and Brooke Larimer. Instrumentalists: YinJia LinUka Gameiro,Rachel ScarpatiJulia Kost and Luigi Porto.


Successful Debut Concerts!

Thank you for being a part of our début!

Obrigado! Grazie! Merci! Arigato!

We had an overwhelming response from the audience and international media.  We are still compiling press and responding to  messages of support.

We launched 4 casts out of our 5 productions in the assembly line. We created the Brazilian Chorus that will start building repertoire and performing independently.  We galvanized a team of almost 60 professionals,  volunteers and collaborators.

Please be patient with our post-production, we will be posting videos and audio recordings soon.

Matéria NY a


Veja Brasilia


Press NY001A1 copy

Brazilian Opera Debut Concerts: TKTS Available!

NYC March 7&8, 8pm concertsGet your TKTS at Peatix:


Poster art by Toshiaki Ide and Athena Azevedo
Poster art by Toshiaki Ide and Athena Azevedo



New York City:

March 7th & 8th Program:

• “I Don’t Want to Die” a trio from “Cries and Whispers”, opera in Portuguese and English by Joao MacDowell

Featuring Sopranos Shana Grossman, Alexandra Filipe and mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer.


•”O Sonho de Ianadi”, an aria from “Watunna—A criação do mundo segundo os índios do Orinoco”, opera in Portuguese by Thiago Tiberio

Featuring baritone Andrew Costello and the Brazilian Chorus

•”Provvisorietá (Provisoriedade)” an aria from “Anita” opera in Italian and Portuguese by Luigi Porto, libretto by Andrea Amoroso

Featuring mezzo-soprano Abby Powell, with sopranos Alexandra Filipe and Julie Diniz.


– Intermission-

• 12 scenes from “Tamanduá – A Brazilian Opera” in Portuguese and English by João MacDowell

Featuring soprano Kristin Young in the role of Carol, mezzo Abby Powell as Julia, tenor David Guzman as Pedro, baritone Jeremy Brauner as Aruanan.

Tenor Martin Bakari as the drug dealer Massacre
and the iBoc Brazilian Chorus.