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Orlanda Velez Isidro (Soprano)

Born: March 6, 1972 - Évora, Portugal

The Portuguese soprano, Orlanda Velez Isidro, started her musical studies at 7 years old, with piano and violin, finishing when she was 18. After, she starting her singing studies at the Conservatory of Music of Lisbon with Maria Repas Gonçalves. She graduated in Musicology by the University of Lisbon (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) in 1997. She sang in the Gulbenkian Choir of Lisbon from 1992 until 1997. After finished her singing studies in Portugal, she went to Holland to study with Rita Dams and Lenie van den Heuvel at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she graduated in 2000. In this school she took repertoire lessons with Jill Feldman, Marius van Altena and Meinard Kraak. She is a regular participant in singing master-classes, having worked with Nico van der Meel, Jennifer Smith, Elly Ameling, Diane Forlano and Barbara Pierson. She studies with Ronald Kleekamp (Holland), Rolande van der Paal (Belgium) and for Baroque repertoire since 1994 with Jill Feldmann. She participated in the "Concours International de Chant Baroque de Chimay-Belgique" in September 2001, where she got the third place.

Professionally Orlanda Velez Isidro sings with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman), and with the Dutch Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) in Holland. As a soloist she sang with several conductors like Eduardo Lopez Banzo; Michel Corboz with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir; Frans Brüggen in the Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream (recording as solo sopran with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, under Frans Brüggen); William Christie in the project Ambronay 98, in November 2002 in the project "Le Jardin des Voix" with Les Arts Florissants, in Versailles 2003, (recording Moulinié Motets) and last September 2004, recorded sacred music of Charpentier; with Ton Koopman and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir in several programs like Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (recording Matthäus-Passion 1769), and George Frideric Handel; and with Fredrik Malmberg and the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester in November 2004.

In the operatic repertoire Orlanda Velez Isidro was Miss Jessel, in Benjamin Britten's The turn of the Screw, in the Oporto 2001 Festival, conducted by Brad Cowen; she will perform in June 2005, Madame Mao, in a Dutch production of John Adams' Nixon in China.

Orlanda Velez Isidro's preferences for repertoire, are Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music. She performs regularly recitals of Baroque Music with groups as De Swaen, Musica Temprana (Recording Al Uso de Nuestra Tierra), The Kassiopeia Quintet (recording I, II and III books of Madrigals of C. Gesualdo), Segréis de Lisboa (recording "Musica na Obra de Gil Vicente") and the Ensemble Udite Amanti.

Orlanda Velez Isidro participated as well in Jill Feldman's CD of Italian Baroque vocal music, singing Mazzocchi duets.

Source: Divino Soprino Website (2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ton Koopman


BWV 56: Chorale
BWV 243a

Ton Koopman


Member of Amsterdam Baroque Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 14: CD-1:
BWV 68, BWV 6, BWV 74; CD-2: BWV 125; CD-3: BWV 103, BWV 42
Cantatas Vol. 16: CD-1:
BWV 16; CD-2: BWV 79; CD-3: BWV 43, BWV 39
Cantatas Vol. 18: CD-1:
BWV 157, BWV 45; CD-2: BWV 151, BWV 98; CD-3: BWV 137, BWV 164
Cantatas Vol. 20: CD-1:
BWV 120a, BWV 156
Cantatas Vol. 21: CD-2:
BWV 140, BWV 34, BWV 143, BWV 158
Cantatas Vo.l 22: CD-2:
BWV 233, BWV 234,

Pieter Jan Leusink


BWV 244

Erik Van Nevel


Member of Nederlands Kamerkoor
Audio (2015):
BWV 225, BWV 228, BWV 227

Jos van Veldhoven


Member of Nederlandse Bachvereniging:
AOB Video:
BWV 29, BWV 50, BWV 120, BWV 130, BWV 146, BWV 206

Links to other Sites

Divino Sospiro: Orlanda Velez Isidro [English/Portuguese]

Orlanda Velez Isidro - biografia (Gulbenkian) [Portuguese]
Lauréats du 2e Concours de Chant Baroque de Chimay (2001)

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