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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 début 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. In February 2008 the group produced the opera La Spinalba by Francisco António de Almeida in the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB). Os Músicos do Tejo were subsequently invited by the CCB to collaborate on other opera-related events. This resulted in performances in Portugal of Pergolesi’s opera Lo frate ’nnamurato (2010), the opera-ballet Le carnaval et la folie by Destouches (2011), and Almeida’s Il Trionfo d’Amore (2013). 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 Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León (FACYL) in Salamanca and the Festival Le Standard Idéal at Bobigny MC93/Paris. In 2013 the ensemble made its début 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 Pedro António Avondano, at 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 eighteenth century, and La Spinalba for Naxos.

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