• Presentation

    Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música was formed in 2006 to perform Baroque music from a historically-informed perspective.


    Besides regular work with its principal conductor, Laurence Cumming, the orchestra has performed under the direction of conductors Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Antonio Florio, Paul Hillier, Riccardo Minasi, Andrew Parrott, Christophe Rousset, Daniel Sepec, Andreas Staier and Masaaki Suzuki, accompanying soloists such as Andreas Staier, Roberta Invernizzi and Franco Fagioli and in the company of vocal groups like The Sixteen and Coro Casa da Música. In 2016, OBCM performs for the first time besides soloists Alina Ibragimova and Dmitri Sinkovsky, and celebrates Easter with a concert conceived by the great early music authority Alfredo Bernardini, featuring the bass Peter Kooij. It goes back to the time of Catherine the Great, evoquing the music of St Petersburg court, and joins Coro Casa da Música for a Christmas concert.

    The concerts of OBCM have attracted unanimous critical acclaim from the critics in Portugal and abroad. The orchestra presented the Portuguese premiere of Handel’s opera Ottone and the modern premiere of L’Ippolito by Francisco António de Almeida, in 2012. It has performed in several Portuguese cities and also in Spain (Úbeda y Baeza Early Music Festival), England (Handel Festival in London), and France (Baroque Festivals in Sablé and Ambronay). It joined Coro Casa da Música to perform Christmas Cantatas by Bach in Porto and Ourense. 2015 saw its highly acclaimed debut at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Highlights of that same year include the complete Brandenburg Concertos under Laurence Cummings and harpsichord concertos with Andreas Staier.

    OBCM released live CDs including works by Avison, D. Scarlatti, Carlos Seixas, Avondano, Vivaldi, Bach, Muffat, Handel and Haydn, under the direction of some of the most prestigious international conductors.

  • Laurence Cummings

    Principal Conductor

    Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player. He was an organ scholar at Christ Church Oxford where he graduated with first class honours. Until 2012 he was Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music which led to both baroque and classical orchestras forming part of the established curriculum. He is now the William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance. He was Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society. Since 1999 he has been Musical Director of the London Handel Festival where performances have included productions of Faramondo, Deborah, Athalia, Esther, Agrippina, Sorsame, Alexander Balus, Hercules, Samson, Ezio, Riccardo Primo and Tolomeo. In 2012 he became Artistic Director of the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen. He is also a regular guest at Casa da Música in Porto where he is Music Director of the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música.

    Other opera productions he has conducted include Radamisto, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Semele, Messiah, Orfeo and Indian Queen for English National Opera, L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North, Giulio Cesare and Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour, Tamerlano and Mozart’s Lucio Silla for Buxton Festival Opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Idomeneo at Göteborg Opera, King Arthur and SALE for Opernhaus Zurich, Messiah at the Opera de Lyon, Orfeo with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Agrippina at The Juilliard School, Vivaldi’s L’Incoronazione di Dario, L’Olympiade and La Verita in Cimento for Garsington Opera, Ariodante and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera, Rodelinda for Opera Theatre Company in the UK, Ireland and New York, Alceste at the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden as part of the London Bach Festival, Francisco António de Almeida’s La Spinalba and La Giuditta in Porto, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Dardanus at the Royal Academy of Music.

    He regularly conducts the English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, both in the UK and on tour. He also works with the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), St Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota), Kansas City Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Musikocollegium Winterthur, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

    His numerous recordings include the first recording of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria with Emma Kirkby and the Royal Academy of Music on BIS and recital discs of solo harpsichord music (including music by Louis and Francois Couperin) for Naxos. A solo disc of Handel arias with Angelika Kirschlager and the Basel Chamber Orchestra on Sony BMG was followed up by a recording of duets with Lawrence Zazzo and Nuria Rial, also with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. He conducts the English Concert and recorder player Maurice Steger in a disc of Corelli concertos for Harmonia Mundi.

    Highlights of the 2017/18 season include The Rake’s Progress at Wilton’s Music Hall, Saul at Theater an der Wien and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as collaborations with the Huddersfield Choral Society, the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, together with his commitments at Casa da Música in Porto and the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals.

  • Musicians

    Composition Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música

    • Huw Daniel
      section leader - Violin
    • Reyes Gallardo
      Violin
    • Ariana Dantas
      Violin
    • Bárbara Barros
      Violin
    • Cecília Falcão Coutinho
      Violin
    • César Nogueira
      Violin
    • Eujung Anna Ryu
      Violin
    • Miriam Macaia
      Violin
    • Prisca Stalmarsky
      Violin
    • Trevor McTait
      viola
    • Raquel Massadas
      viola
    • Filipe Quaresma
      cello
    • Vanessa Pires
      cello
    • José Fidalgo
      double bass
    • Pedro Castro
      Oboe
    • Andreia Carvalho
      Oboe
    • Fernando Miguel Jalôto
      harpsichord
    • José Rodrigues Gomes
      bassoon
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