VITA

Josy Santos was born in Bahia, the Brazilian mezzo-soprano developed a remarkable career in Latin America and Europe.

With the Symphony N°9, in Beethoven's anniversary year, Josy Santos makes her debut at the Lucerne Festival accompanied by musicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis, and on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Tokyo accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in the concert hall Bunka Kaikan as well as in the Shinjuku Gyoen Park, afterwards she sings in her home country with the NEOJIBA (Bahia Youth Orchestra) conducted by John Neschling. With the Munich Radio Orchestra she will present herself in the concert series Paradisi Goria in July 2020. The concert repertoire of the mezzo-soprano includes numerous works by Bach, Garcias, Haydn, Pergolesi and Saint- Saëns.

In the Season 2019/2020 she is at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as musical cover for Mozart's Cherubino or Dorabella.

At the Opera National du Rhin Josy Santos made her debut in 2017 as Samaritana in Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini", in 2019 she returned as Bernardo in Ginastera's "Beatrix Cenci". From 2017 to 2019 the mezzo-soprano was a permanent ensemble member at the Staatsoper Hannover, where she appeared as Haensel in Humpedinck's "Haensel and Gretel", Ottavia/Fortuna in Monteverdi's “L'incoronazione di Popea”,  Marchesa Melibea in Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims" and Hermia in Britain's "Midsummer Night's Dream".

From 2015 to 2017, Josy Santos appeared at the Stuttgart Opera as Elevin in numerous roles, including Siebel in Gounod's "Faust"; Oberto in Handel's "Alcina"; 2nd Maid in Strauss' "Elektra" and Cherubino in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" - she also covered Mercédès in Bizet's "Carmen", Das süße Mädchen in Boesmans' "Reigen" and Enrichetta di Francia in Bellini's "I Puritani".

She has appeared in Brazil, Germany and Switzerland as Angelina in Rossini's "La Cenerentola", Second Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Dardano in Haendel's "Amadigi di Gaula", Zitta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Maddalena in Verdi's "Rigoletto", Frau von Hufnagel in Hans Werner Henze's "Der Junge Lord" and Page in Richard Strauss' "Salome".

The mezzo-soprano has worked with directors such as Frank Castorf, Peter Konwitschny, Jossi Wieler and conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Ulf Schirmer, Marc Soustrot, Lorenzo Viotti, Giuliano Carella and Ivan Repusic.

Josy Santos is a prizewinner of various competitions, including the 52nd International Singing Competition Toulouse 2019, Operalia 2018, Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2018, Annelise-Rothenberger-Competition 2017, and has participated in international festivals: Rheingau Musik Festival, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Oper Schloss Hallwyl and Festival Música em Trancoso.

The mezzo-soprano began her vocal training in São Paulo with the singing teacher Marcia Soldi. At the University Cruzeiro do Sul she completed her studies with a Bachelor in Singing. Her further studies led the mezzo-soprano to Prof. Ursula Targler-Sell at the HfMDK Frankfurt, where she completed her Master with distinction. In 2019 she began her Doctor in Opera at the HfMDK Frankfurt.