EnCanto Contratenores, back by popular demand after their superb Covent Garden appearance in 2018, offer a new taste of the wonderful tradition of Portuguese and Iberian music which has crossed continents and travelled down centuries - from 16th century villancicos and 18th century arias and sonatas to protest songs, traditional songs and fado. Every facet of history and human life will be on show in this diverse and exhilarating programme.
In 2018 João and Luís undertook a series of concerts in Brazil at the invitation of the city of Garanhuns to take part in the city's Winter Festival, and to the city of Gravatá where their concert formed part of their tenth Concert Series 'Virtuosi'. This was followed later in the year by concerts in France and the Azores, as well as in the UK with Conservatoire Concerts and the The Anglo-Portuguese Society. This year has seen them collaborating with musicians from many different musical traditions, as well as bringing new classical repertoire to their regular audiences, and recording their new cd.
Luís Peças is singer in residence at the World Heritage Monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaça, Portugal. Acclaimed for his sensitive interpretation of sacred works, Luís has been invited to sing in France, Germany and the UK regularly, as well as in both the United States and South America.
João Paulo Ferreira, a native of Garanhuns in Brazil, has now moved to Portugal, singing with Luís as half of the duo 'enCanto'. João is already making his mark with the public in areas as diverse as baroque opera, the musical traditions of other cultures, and contemporary and experimental theatre. João started his international career in 2013 with Nido Delas Artes International Opera Tour of Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
Victor Santiago Asuncion is a Filipino-American pianist who has been hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing”. He has appeared all over the world as a recitalist and concerto soloist and has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, James Dunham, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, and the Dover, Emerson, Serafin, Sao Paulo, and Vega String Quartets.
£15 – APS members (Promo Code: APS12n19)
£10 – Student (NUS Card holders)
£15 – Over 65 and disabled