Andrea Ferreira

Andrea Ferreira

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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SOPRAN &ldquo Who returned, with the same “fuse”, theatrical and vocal, was the soprano Andrea Ferreira , that had already made an unforgettable Gretel…and now shines, sensual and comic, in the “marlenedietriched” Zerbinetta…”  (Folha de São Paulo, August ’08) Andrea Ferreira has just made her new role debut as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’”Ariadne auf Naxos” at Teatro Municipal of São Paulo, conducted by José Maria Florencio. Recently she sang Valencienne in “The Merry Widow” at Teatro Bellini in Naples, Isabella Colbran in Rendini’s “Un Segreto d’Importanza” at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and again Gretel, in São Paulo and in Manaus at XII Amazonas Opera Festival. She also sang at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona (homage for Franco Corelli) and in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Bachiana Chamber Orchestra, directed by João Carlos Martins and concerts in Padova and at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Born in São Paulo - Brazil, she completed her studies in her hometown at the “Paulista State University”, graduating with brilliant results in pianoforte and singing. In Italy she studied with Magda Olivero, Barbara de Maio and Alida Ferrarini, country where she lives since 1998. Her natural gifts of vocal versatility and outstanding musicality enabled her to debut very soon afterwards at the Teatro Municipal of São Paulo in several important roles including: Norina, Adina, Despina, Philline Musetta and also Zerlina and Oscar, earning each time the favor of the public and enthusiastic comments from the critics. She made successful appearances in several Italian cities singing roles such as Norina in “Don Pasquale”, Rosina in the “Barber of Seville”, Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto, Violetta in “La Traviata” at the Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi and sang her first Margherite in Gounod’s “Faust” conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky at the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova), where she also participated in Mendelssohn’s symphony “Lobgesang” conducted by Yves Abel. She collaborated with the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma featuring a number of concerts and singing in Gabrielli’s“Flavio Cuniberto” at the Teatro Farnese and the Teatro Regio in Parma. She made herself noticed at the “7e Festival d’Opera Avenches ” (Switzerland) as Gilda in “Rigoletto” conducted by Rico Saccani. Invited frequently by the Brazilian theaters and acclaimed by the public and press, are noteworthy her interpretations of roles such as Violetta conducted by Silvio Barbato, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus” (J.Strauss), Gretel in a remarkable production of “Hänsel und Gretel” by Humperdinck, with the conductor Jamil Maluf, Valencienne in the operetta “The Merry Widow”, and Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” conducted by Andreas Baumgartner. She also made a successful debut as Olympia in “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Offenbach and held concerts with the State Symphonie Orchestra of São Paulo led by Roberto Minczuk and John Neschling. In 04’ and 05 were busy years of international engagements which featured the “Stabat Mater” by Boccherini in Merano; then in Rome she participated in “Dona Nobis Pacem” - a program of music for Pope John Paul 2nd - in the Basilica of Sta. Sabina all’Aventino interpreting in first live performance “Agnus Dei” by Stelvio Cipriani. She sang also in Milan at the Chamber of Commerce, in Dubai at the famed “Burj Al Arab” and in Abu Dhabi where she took part in two gala concerts and recorded a CD. Other concerts followed in Mantova, Turin, Vicenza, Padova, Ancona, and also in Germany with the Bolshoi Orchestra from Minsk’s Theater and sang Serpina in “La Serva Padrona” by Pergolesi in Rovigo. Ms Ferreira was also invited to sing Gounod’s “Messa Solenne of St. Cecilia” and Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” at Duomo of Torino in occasion of the marriage of HRH Princess Anna Cecilia of Bourbon and Count Rodolphe di Causans. Winner of important national competitions like the “III Maria Callas Singing Competition” (jury presided by the great soprano Magda Olivero), and the “IX Prêmio Eldorado de Música”, she was also finalist in the “I Mercosur Singing Competition” in Montevideo and was also prizewinner at the “35th International Competition Francesco Viñas” in Barcelona. She continued her full concert schedule in Italy and elsewhere with the Cantatas n° 80 and 191 and the “Magnificat” by J.S.Bach, the “Te Deum” of Charpentier, Mozart’s Incoronation Mass, the “Petite Messe Solennelle” by Rossini, the “Requiem” of Fauré, the “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi, among others.
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