Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Tonight · I Feel Pretty · Maria · America · One Hand, One Heart · Somewhere
Alan Menken (n.1949)
Be our Guest · Belle · Something there Gaston · The Mob Song Beauty and the Beast
Hakuna Matata (The Lion King) · Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins) · Trashin’the Camp (Tarzan)
Superstar (Jesus Christ Superstar) · Everything’s Alright (Jesus Christ Superstar) · Don’t Cry for me Argentina (Evita) · Mister Mistoffelees (Cats) · Memory (Cats) · Unexpected Song (Song and Dance) · Think of me (The Phantom of the Opera) · Love changes everything (Aspects of Love) · The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom of the Opera)
Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
Henry Mancini (1924-1994)
John Kander (n. 1927)
John Kander (n. 1927)
It is practically unthinkable to visit New York without attending at least to one musical showing at Broadway, that long avenue where theatres represent the place of entertainment and phantasy in our collective imagination. Sung by Sinatra, Streisand or Ella Fitzgerald, Broadway has inspired composers like Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Bernstein, Alan Menken or Andrew Lloyd Weber to create music shows that became influent forms of the north-American popular culture. All-day round glittering marquee lights of more than forty theatres present productions that run for years and whose transition to the cinema have made them internationally acclaimed. Such is the case of West Side Story (1960), Hello Dolly (1964), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Cats (1981), The Phantom of the Opera (1986) or The Lion King (1997). Though far from Broadway, the São Carlos Opera House Choir will certainly know how to recreate for us all the magic of some of those ever-popular musicals.
The São Carlos Opera House Choir was formed in 1943 under the direction of Mario Pellegrini performing on a permanent basis in the great operatic repertoire as well as in sacred music. Between 1962 and 1975 the TNSC Chorus participated in the Companhia de Ópera Portuguesa Season ( Portuguese Opera Company, then based at Teatro da Trindade) and toured to Madeira, Azores, Angola and, 1965, to Oviedo by invitation of Teatro Campoamor. It was awarded the Classical Music Award by Casa da Imprensa (The Press House). The choir took part in world premieres of operas by Portuguese composers such as Fernando Lopes Graça's D. Duardos e Flérida (1970) and António Victorino d’Almeida's Canto da Ocidental Praia (19721). The first full-time choral nucleus was formed in 1980, whilst the Chorus' professional status was achieved in 1983 under the direction of Antonio Brainovitch. Gianni Beltrami, who assumed its leadership in 1985, is responsible for the Choir total artistic affirmation benefiting from working conditions till then unheard in Portugal. The following works marked that phase: Stravinky’s Oedipus Rex, Kurt Weil’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, De Pablo’s Kiú, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. At the invitation of RAI, the chorus participated in Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts in Turin. After Gianni Beltrami’s death, João Paulo Santos took on the direction as the first Portuguese to hold that position in the entire history of the São Carlos Opera House. He was responsible for successes such as Boito’s Mefistofele , Corghi’s Blimunda and Divara, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the European Community Youth Orchestra, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Schnittke’s Faust and Requiem, Stravinsky’s Perséphone and Le Rossignol, Tchakovski’s Evgeni Onegin, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. In 1991, Europália Celebrations took the Chorus to Brussels to perform in Verdi’s Requiem. (1991). Within the scope of Expo-98, the Chorus performed at the closing concert and has sang under the direction of some of the most prestigious maestri such as Antonino Votto, Tullio Serafin, Vittorio Gui, Carlo Maria Giulini, Oliviero de Fabritiis, Otto Klemperer, Molinari-Pradelli, Franco Ghione, Alberto Erede, Alberto Zedda, Georg Solti, Nello Santi, Nicola Rescigno, Bruno Bartoletti, Heinrich Hollreiser, Richard Bonynge, García Navarro, Wolfgang Rennert, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Franco Ferraris, James Conlon, Harry Christophers, Michel Plasson and Marc Minkowski, among others. The TNSC Chorus was awarded the Classical Music Award by Casa da Imprensa (The Press House) and has also participated in operas and concerts conducted by the most important Portuguese conductors, Pedro de Freitas Branco being of special note. Maestro Andreoli is its present Choir Master.
Giovanni Andreoli studied Piano, Composition and Choral and Orchestra Conducting. He cooperated as choral conductor with RAI of Milan, at the Verona Arena and at La Fenice Theatre, in Venice, and the Carlo Felice Theatre, in Genoa. He worked with the conductors such as Delman, Muti, Chailly, Barshai, Karabtchevsky, Arena, Santi, Campori, R. Abbado and Renzetti. At the Venice Music Biennale, he performed world premieres of works by Guarnieri, Pablo, Clementi and Manzoni. He conducted Orff’s Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with La Fenice Chorus and Orchestra, performing the latter at the São Paulo Municipal Theatre, in Brazil. He also conducted L’esperienza corale nel ‘900 italiano by Dallapiccola, Rota and Petrassi. From 1998, among other participations, Maestro Andreolli conducted Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore , in Reykjavík, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass No. 9, in São Paulo, Liszt’s Via Crucis , in Orvieto, Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Granada Festival, Rossini’s Othello at the Theater an der Wien and the first modern premiere of Caldara’s Missa Amabilis and Missa Dolorosa with the La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus. In 1999, he conducted Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro dei Vittoriale, Gardone-Riviera, Verdi’s La traviata at the Copenhagen Royal Theatre and Martin y Soler’s Una cosa rara Soler at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice. In 2000 he conducted two productions of Puccini’s La Bohème at Teatro Grande de Brescia with Giuseppe Sabbatini and Lanciano with the Orquestra Giovanile Internazionale. In 1996 he recorded Guarnieri’s Orfeo cantando… tolse at RAI in Florence and Orff’s Carmina Burana at the La Fenice Theatre, among other works for BMG Ricordi, Fonit Cetra and Mondo Musica München. From 1994 to 2004, Giovanni Andreoli was artistically responsible for Teatro Grande de Brescia’s opera season. Together with João Paulo Santos, Giovanni Andreoli conducted choral concerts with works by Brahms, Kodály, Lopes-Graça and Freitas Branco. In 2006, he began working with Companhia de Ópera Portuguesa (Portuguese Opera Company) conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s La traviata and Requiem in Lisbon and at the Óbidos Festival. In January 20111, Giovanni Andreolli resumed his position as Chorus Master of the São Carlos Theatre Chorus which he had already held from 2004 to 2008.