• Presentation

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

    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 Cummings, the orchestra has performed under the direction of conductors Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Antonio Florio, Paul Hillier, Riccardo Minasi, Andrew Parrott, Rachel Podger, Christophe Rousset, Andreas Staier and Masaaki Suzuki, accompanying soloists such as Andreas Staier, Roberta Invernizzi, Franco Fagioli, Peter Kooij, Dmitri Sinkovsky, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger and in the company of vocal groups like The Sixteen and Coro Casa da Música.

    The internationally renowned harpsichordist, Andreas Staier, has chosen OBCM to record his latest concerto disc of the important baroque Portuguese composer, Carlos Seixas. In 2018, they perform these works not only in Porto, but also at Dijon Opera, BASF in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Vienna Konzerthaus and Sintra. The season takes the orchestra through a varied and inspiring repertoire, including Mozart’s 1st Violin Concerto with Huw Daniel as soloist, Bach’s Cantatas and the wonderful Handel’s Salve Regina, accompanying the acclaimed soprano Marie Lys. The year ends with J.S. Bach’s great masterpiece, the Mass in B minor, in a shared concert with Coro Casa da Música.

    The OBCM concerts have attracted unanimous critical acclaim from critics in Portugal and abroad. It presented the Portuguese premiere of Handel’s opera Ottone and the modern premiere of L’Ippolito by Francisco António de Almeida, in 2012. The orchestra 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 2018/19 season include Berenice for the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre in collaboration with the London Handel Festival, Semele at the Royal Academy Opera, and Monteverdi Vespers at Garsington Opera; appearances with The English Concert, the Ulster Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; 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
    • Ariana Dantas
    • Bárbara Barros
    • Cecília Falcão Coutinho
    • César Nogueira
    • Miriam Macaia
    • Prisca Stalmarsky
    • Trevor McTait
    • Raquel Massadas
    • Filipe Quaresma
    • Vanessa Pires
    • José Fidalgo
      double bass
    • Pedro Castro
    • Andreia Carvalho
    • José Rodrigues Gomes
    • Fernando Miguel Jalôto
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