MUSICOS DO TEJO, OS
Directed by Marcos Magalhães and Marta Araújo, Os Músicos do Tejo was founded with the aim of consolidating the performance of early music on period instruments in Portugal, while highlighting Portuguese Baroque repertoire. Os Músicos do Tejo gave their debut performance in Setúbal in December 2005, and are now established as one of the most respected of Portugal’s early music ensembles.
The group has appeared in a wide variety of programmes, including a Handel programme in Brest, Baroque vocal music in Goa, India, and Sementes do Fado (Seeds of Fado), an exploration of the baroque origins of Fado, Portugal’s early 19th-century music genre, which they performed in Paris, Brest, Oeiras, Lisbon and Sastamala in Finland.
In February 2008, the group produced the opera La Spinalba by Francisco António de Almeida in the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB). Staged by Luca Aprea, the performance was such a success that it was repeated in January 2009, also in the CCB, and in the Are More festival (Vigo), Teatro Viriato (Viseu), Teatro Micaelense (Azores), Auditório do Ramo Grande (Azores) and in the International Music Festival of Póvoa de Varzim.
Os Músicos do Tejo were subsequently invited by the CCB to collaborate on other opera-related events. This resulted in the first performances in Portugal ofthe opera Lo Frate Nnamurato by G.B. Pergolesi (2010), the opera-ballet Le Carnaval et la Folie by A.C. Destouches (2011), and Almeida’s Il Trionfo d’Amore (2013), all of which were extremely well received. In 2010, they collaborated with Teatro Praga in A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Centro Cultural de Belém, with repeat performances in 2011 at the festival Facyl in Salamanca and the festival Le Standard Idéal at Bobigny MC93/Paris. In 2013, the ensemble made its debut appearance in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s main auditorium with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In 2014 Os Músicos do Tejo presented another Portuguese opera, Il Mondo della Luna by P.A. Avondano, in the Cistermúsica Alcobaça Festival.
Os Músicos do Tejo have released three CDs: Sementes do Fado (with soprano Ana Quintans and guitarist Ricardo Rocha); As Árias de Luísa Todi (with soprano Joana Seara) featuring the repertoire sung by La Todi, a famous Portuguese prima donna from the 18th century; and La Spinalba for Naxos.