José Lemos

Biography

Education
Bachelor in music at the College of Charleston in South Carolina; master in Opera Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston

Debut
Rage D’Amours(Zuidam) (Tanglewood Music Center); Oberon/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten); Nireno/Giulio Cesare in Egitto olv Marc Minkowski (Zürich Opernhaus)

Highlights
Il Sant’Alessio(Stefano Landi) with Les Arts Florissant (Caen, Opera National de Lorraine, Grand Thèatre de Luxemburg, Rose Theater in NYC, Barbican Hall in London, Thèatre des Champs Elysèe in Paris); Nutrice/L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Teatro Real in Madrid, Salle Pleyel in Paris); Narciso/Agrippina (Zürich Opernhaus, Royal Festival Hall in London); Ottone/L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Seattle Early Music Guild, Tolomeo/Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Göttingen Handel Festspiele in Germany)
Soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

Prizes
First Prize Winner & Audience Prize Winner of the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition of Chimay, Belgium
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Silène/Psyche (Lully), 2009

Recordings
Dvd: Il Sant’Alessio & L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Virgin/EMI Classics; Silène/Psyche for the German label CPO; Policare/Tigrane (Scarlatti) for Dynamic Label

Worked with
William Christie, Stephen Stubbs, Marc Minkowski, Harry Bicket, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Nicolas McGegan, Paul McCreesh

Recent and future productions
Policare/Tigrane (Scarlatti) (Opera de Nice); Narciso/Agrippina (Vlaamse Opera); King Darius/Play of Daniel (100th Anniversary of the Cloisters Museum of Art in New York City)

Recently engaged in

  • Ruthless and lusting for power, Agrippina is determined to put her son Nero on the throne, at the expense of the reigning Emperor Claudius....