Velez Isidro - soprano
Was born in Évora, Portugal.
She 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
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 The
Netherlands 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
She is a regular participant
in singing masterclasses, having worked
with Nico van der Meel, Jennifer Smith, Elly Ameling, Diane Forlano and
She studies with Ronald
Kleekamp, (The Netherlands), Rolande van der
Paal (Belgium) and for baroque repertoire since 1994 with Jill Feldmann.
Professionally she sings with
the Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman), and with the Dutch Chamber
Choir in The Netherlands.
As a soloist she sang with
several conductors like Eduardo Lopez Banzo;
Michel Corboz with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir; Frans
the Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream (recording as solo sopran
with the Orchestra of the Eighteen 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,
sacred music of Charpentier; with Ton Koopman and The Amsterdam Baroque
Orchestra and Choir in several programs like Monteverdi, J.S. Bach,
C.P.E. Bach (recording Matthäus-Passion 1769), and Handel; and
Fredrik Malmberg and the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester in November 2004.
In the operatic repertoire she
was Miss Jessel, in B. 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.
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
Vicente") and the Ensemble Udite Amanti.
She participated as well in
Jill Feldman's CD of Italian baroque vocal music, singing Mazzocchi
She was a participant in the
"Concours International de Chant Baroque
de Chimay-Belgique" in September 2001, where she got the third place.
Her preferences for
repertoire, are renaissance, baroque and contemporary music.