IU Jacobs School of Music doctoral students Bruno Sandes and Marta Menezes recently returned from a tour of Portugal, where the duo presented four performances of works by Portuguese and Brazilian composers. The carefully selected repertoire was intended to connect both nations through their common language, and included the world premiere of a song cycle entitled “Dois Poemas de Álvaro de Campos e um Poema de Fernando Pessoa” (Two Poems by Álvaro de Campos and a Poem by Fernando Pessoa) written for them by Portuguese composer, Tiago Derriça (b. 1987).
The concerts were well received in each city. Their final concert on June 29th was broadcast live to the whole country on Antena 2, the classical music radio station in Portugal, and was also recorded for television.
Between concerts and performances, Sandes also spent one week in Vienna coaching Mahler, Mozart, and Korngold with David Aronson (from the Wien Staatsoper) and Claudia Visca (from the Wien Institut für Gesang und Musiktheater). Sandes earned his bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Voice Performance, where he studies with Carol Vaness. He is now back in Bloomington preparing the role of Don Giovanni, which opens September 15 at the Musical Arts Center.
Menezes is currently in the third year of her doctoral studies at the Jacobs School, where she studies with Arnaldo Cohen. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lisbon Superior School of Music, where she studied with Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano, and also completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction, under Dmitri Alexeev, having previously studied with Andrew Ball. She is a regular soloist in Europe and the U.S., and also just completed a solo tour in China.
This tour was made possible by The Georgina Joshi Foundation.
Through an international fellowship, known as “Georgina’s next steps,” the foundation presents the opportunity for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduate voice students to receive funding for entrepreneurial projects of their own design, involving international travel. This fellowship is meant to help students transition from the Jacobs School of Music into the professional world of music.