Brazilian countertenor José Lemos is noted worldwide for his unique artistry in opera and concert. Of a performance as Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque, the Boston Globe said, “…Lemos sang with a big, colorful, sexy tone and almost recklessly brilliant coloratura.” During the 2012-13 season include he made his debut at Opera de Nice performing the role of Policare in Scarlatti’s Tigrane, which will be released as a DVD on the Dynamic label; returned to Vlaamse Opera as Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina; and portrayed his acclaimed role of King Darius in the medieval Play of Daniel directed by Mary Anne Ballard and Drew Minter as part of the 75th Anniversary of the Cloisters of the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the 2013-14 season he records the role of Nerea in Steffani’s Niobe with the Boston Early Music Festival; and performs Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall with the Peniel Concert Choir, and Ottone in Agrippina with Operamission. In addition, his debut solo CD “Io vidi in terra” was released in September 2013 on the Sono Luminus label.


Posted: Jan-27-2015
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Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations.

Posted: Sep-3-2013
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“[Jose Lemos’s] rich timbre is complemented by a flexible, agile, and accurate coloratura technique. Vocal fireworks about and never overshadow the excellent phrasing and shaping of musical lines. Lemos’s range is impressive, and a seamless transition from head to chest voice gives him enormous expressive strength. He is certainly the most impressive countertenor I have heard in some time.”
— Early Music America
Posted: Mar-1-2014
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Posted: Feb-10-2013