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The Seventh Seal

an opera by João MacDowell, text by Ingmar Bergman

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IBOC is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of
Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil.

Start Time and Date: 

Monday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.


The Museum of Modern Art
Directed by Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon

This multi-platform project explores various forms of cinema, as well as various spiritual practices and trance forms around Brazil. Híbridos comprises four components: a feature-length film, a comprehensive open-source website, a multi-screen, site-specific installation, and a live cinema experience, in which the artists reconstruct the project from the source material in a dynamic presentation. Each form completes the other, in an attempt to question our relationship to images and to build an immersive, sensorial experience that evokes the trance state.

Tickets are available at the film desk, at the lobby information desk, and online.

The Museum of Modern Art11 West 53 Street, Manhattan

T1: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1:

T2: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2:

Use The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building entrance, east of the main entrance on 53 Street.

T3: The Celeste Bartos Theater:

Use the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education Building entrance, at 4 West 54 Street.

Admission to film programs is free for Museum ticket holders, but a separate film ticket is required. Admission to film programs only: adults $12; seniors (65 and over with current ID) $10; students (full-time with current ID) $8; children (16 and under) free.


Vazante  – Daniela Thomas new feature film. New York Premiere hosted by IBOC.

Featuring a Q&A with the director following the 7pm show on 1/12!




About: Forced to marry a slave trader and live on his decaying farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, young Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years in this lyrical and nuanced historical mood piece from director Daniela Thomas.

Early praise:

 “Thomas makes her solo directing debut with this striking study of racial and gender politics in colonial Brazil.” –Screendaily

“Transfixing in its craft and striking visual beauty.” –The Hollywood Reporter

A beautifully atmospheric black-and-white drama about slavery and the subjugation of women in 1800s Brazil.” –Variety




December 16 & 17

Dec 16th – Sat. 2:30pm
OBACH Educational and Community Concerts!
A string ensemble from Brasilia specialized in baroque and new music. 
Co-Produced with the Uptown Dreamers Alumni Association

Featuring the Premiere of “The Seventh Seal” an Instrumental Fantasy based on themes from the opera by João MacDowell
School Auditorium: P.S. 128
560 West 169th St. (Off of Broadway)
Free admission!

“We believe the best championship is a scholarship. We train kids in academics and athletics and now we are bringing more of the Arts into the school.”
– Coach Dace Crenshaw (Community Organizer for Harlem Concert) 


Dec 16th – Sat. 8pm
OBACH Educational and Community Concerts!
A string ensemble from Brasilia specialized in baroque and new music. 
Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church
25 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
Christmas Community Concert featuring the OBACH Ensemble,

Featuring “The Seventh Seal” an Instrumental Fantasy based on themes from the opera by João MacDowell
Guest Performer: soprano Kristin Young
Free admission!


Dec 17th – Sunday 2pm
OBACH Educational and Community Concerts!
A string ensemble from Brasilia specialized in baroque and new music. 
Grace Church Van Vorst 
39 Erie Street – Jersey City, NJ 07302
Christmas Community Concert featuring the OBACH Ensemble

Featuring “The Seventh Seal” an Instrumental Fantasy based on themes from the opera by João MacDowell
Free admission!


December 17th – Sunday 8pm
Aldo Finzi Concert
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage
Garden State Philharmonic

Alessandro Calcagnile, Conductor
Learn More:
Co-produced by IBOC and ACE SRLS Italia


Other Events We Support!

IBOC associate composer Angelica Faria along with her Intercultural Art and Healing Project will be presenting Tribute Concerts to honor the eighteenth-century Brazilian Composer Jose Mauricio Nunes.


Dec 12 & 13 – 8 PM – Concert
The Intercultural Art and Healing Project presents:
450 West 37th Street  – Benzaquen Hall



Brazilian Chorus

May 23rd – Tuesday – 7:30pm

At Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church

25 Carmine St. West Village, NY.

Free Admission

The International Brazilia Opera Company presents a repertoire of spiritual music.

Featuring the Chamber Chorus of Campina Grande and the Tutti Chorus of Brasilia

Plastic Flowers – for the first time staged in NYC!


At: The Slipper Room NYC

167 Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

Start time: 8pm
Run time: one hour plus intermission
There will be an artist talk following the show.


December 17th 2016 – 8pm Recital

Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church – 25 Carmine St. – West Village – New York

End of the year recital for IBOC. Featuring pianist YinJia Lin and the voices of two of our star singers: Flavia Correia and Kristin Young plus singers from the Brazilian Chorus of New York.

Free Admission

In the repertoire:

Selections from Tamanduá – a Brazilian Opera by João MacDowell

Selections from Brazilian composers: Villa Lobos, Carlos Gomes and Jayme Ovale

Selections from Chrismas songs.


December 9th – 7:30pm:

Orquestra da Criança Cidadã de Recife

Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church – 25 Carmine St. – West Village – New York

The Brazilian youth orchestra has been invited to participate in the 70th-anniversary celebration of UNICEF, at the United Nations Headquarters, on December 12th, 2016.

It is a remarkable accomplishment for the young musicians from Recife, Brazil, and they are very honored by this invitation. In 2006, the orchestra was created in a neighborhood that has been reported with one of the lowest human development indexes.

Ten years later, 330 children have become well-trained musicians with a path to the future.

During their stay in the city, the Orquestra Criança Cidadã will be giving a concert to thank the people of New York and the generosity of all the members of the Brazilian community for their much-appreciated support. The concert is open to the public, and admission is free.

December 12th 2016 – 7pm:

United Nations – Orquestra Criança Cidadã at the Câmara do Conselho Econômico e Social das Nações Unidas, New York.

The Seventh Seal – Act 1 Concert Recital

Scandinavia House New York November 10th and 12th, 2016.



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Boca Boca – Fall Season opening!

Boca Boca - Sept 10th 2016
Sep. 8 @ 8pm: Kristin Young, soprano, guest performance at Punto Space Brazilian Independence Day
325 W. 38th St. – NYC – 8pm – RSVP only:
Sep. 9 @ 7pm: Plastic Flowers (Act 2) featuring Abby Powell, mezzo soprano, as Penelope
Historic Holland Street – Jersey City Heights – NJ – 7pm – Free Admission
Sep. 10th @ 3pm:  Plastic Flowers (Act 2) featuring Abby Powell as Penelope at Eutopia Conference
Snug Harbor Cultural Center – Staten Island – 3pm – Free Admission RSVP: Eutopia

Sep. 10th @ 10pm: Boca Boca Brazilian Dance Night featuring DJ João and Live Performers
SNAFU 28 at 37 E. 28th St. – NYC – 10pm – $20 – First Drink Free!

BOCA BOCA – Spring Masquerade

Saturday, April 16th – Upper West Side! – Stay tuned!


Manhattan Brew and Vine
998 Columbus Ave (at 109th), New York, NY 10025
Close to the B, C, and 1 trains.

All proceeds support the International Brazilian Opera Company.



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, 8 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

For concert reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email

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Poster by IF Studio NY. Design by Toshiaki and Hisa Ide. Photography by Athena Azevedo.
About the opera Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop

João MacDowell makes his Scandinavia House concert 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



Flores de Plastico starting Mezzo Soprano, Clarice Prietto

Sep. 5 & 7 from 8 – 10pm at Theatro Vidigal in Rio De Janiero

Click here to see how the show went:

International Brazilian Opera Company presents: selections from 4 operas by 3 composers (Joao MacDowell, Luigi Porto, Thiago Tiberio)

March 7th and 8th – 8:00pm

Baruch’s Engelman Recital Hall
55 Lexington Ave., NYC.

Audience entrance: E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.

Tickets at:


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world premiere of Plastic Flowers,

a psychological monodrama

featuring mezzo soprano Abby Powell as Penelope


Tamanduá at Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances, MSU.

directed by Jeff Gall.

Entirely performed by American singers with no previous knowledge of Portuguese.

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the first concert performances of Tamanduá – a Brazilian opera


Presenting a new way of perceiving the possibilities of the genre.

Tamandua - Amazonia Exibit 1
Amazonia Exhibit. 2008
Tamandua - Casa do Brasil
Casa do Brasil – 2008
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