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Luanda Siqueira (Soprano)

Born: July 17, 1975 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Brazilian soprano, Luanda Siqueira da Silva, studied opera singing in the class of Therezinha Schiavo at the Music Academy of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She finished her studies there in 1999 with honours. She also took private lessons with the American singer Carol McDavit. After attending master-classes with Monique Zanetti in her country, she was between 1997 and 1998 a member of the ensemble Anonimus, specializing in Renaissance music, with whom she gave several concerts. Between 1998 and 2000, she sang as soloist in Ch (?). She won numerous prizes and competitions, as in 2000 the first prize in the competition for young soloists Armando Prazeres in Rio de Janeiro. This competition was followed by concerts with the Orquestra Pro-Música in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2000 Luanda Siqueira received a scholarship from the French government to participate in the Baroque singing class at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris - CNR. There she studied among others with Michel Laplénie, Sophie Boulin, Kenneth Weiss and Howard Crook. She also received guidance from Dunja Vezovic. She participated in Bachfest Leipzig 2002, whose theme was "Bach and French Music", with the ensemble of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris - CNR conducted by Georges Guillard. She concluded her postgraduate studies in 2003 with the First prize, unanimously awarded by the jury and a summa com laude.

In 2000-2001 season Luanda Siqueira sang as soloist with the Maîtrise et Orchestre du Palais Royal performing motets of Delalande and Gilles. In 2002 she won first prize at the Concours International de Chant Baroque du Château de Chimay, Belgium, which was directed by William Christie. In 2003 she was winner in the Funding Program of the Ouvre des Saints Anges. She also peformed the title role in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Ensemble Sagittarius under the direction of Michel Laplénie. This concert was part of the Périgord Noir.

From 2003 to 2005 Luanda Siqueira was engaged at Les jeuenes voix du Rhin, the Opera Studio of Opéra National du Rhin/ Strassburg, where she sang the roles of Blummenmädchen, Barbarina, Die Dirne, Papagena and Polymnia, conducted by Günter Neuhold, Dietfrid Bernet, N . Beardmore, N. Chalvin, and Emmanuelle Haïm. During this time she participated in several master-classes (with M. Wegwart, M. Coradini, A. Palloc and H. Finazzi).

From the 2004-2005 season Luanda Siqueira has appeared as a soloist on several projects with Le Parlement de Musique, conducted by Martin Gester. In 2008, she sang several roles, such as the Strawberry Woman in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at the Opéra National de Lyon and Juno in Lully's Cadmus et Hermione at the Opéra de Rouen. That year she also sang at the Opéra Comique. In 2009 she was a finalist at the 8th Handel Singing Competition in London . In the 2009-2010 season will include the role of Priesterin in Georg Philipp Telemann's Orpheus, and on the 50th Annivesary of Heitor Villa-Lobos's death she will sing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


Source: Cité internationale des arts Website (June 2002) & Continuo Musik Management Website (2009-2010), English translation by Aryeh Oron (January 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Philippe Pierlot


BWV 243 [2nd] [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Links to other Sites

Luanda Siqueira da Silva (Cité internationale des arts) [French]
Continuo Musik Management: Gesang [German]

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