Armando Possante began his musical studies at the age of 6. He later studied at the Superior Music School of Lisbon and concluded the Gregorian Chant, Choir Conducting and Singing courses.He is currently a teacher at this school.
After attending several masterclasses with Max van Egmond, Christianne Eda-Pierre, Linda Hirst, Richard Wistreich, Christoph Prégardien, Siegfried Jerusalem, Jill Feldman and Peter Harrison, he started to travel regularly to Vienna where he studied under Kämmersängerin Hilda Zadek.
He was granted the 3rd prize and Bach award in the Iberian Voices competition, the 3rd prize and the award for best performance of a Portuguese work in the Luisa Todi Singing Competition 2003 and the 1st prize in the 7th Estoril Interpretation Competition. He was also awarded, as a conductor, the Bärenreiter award for the best performance of a Renaissance work in the C. A. Seghizzi competition in Italy. As an ensemble singer in Grupo Vocal Olisipo he won the 1st prize in four international competitions in Bulgaria, Finland and Italy.
Besides conducting and singing with Olisipo, Armando Possante is currently a soloist and conductor of the Gregorian Choir of Lisbon and has been a freelance singer with the Nederlands Kamerkoor. With these ensembles he has performed all over Portugal as well as in most of Europe, Canada, Northern Africa and Asia and recorded over a dozen CDs for EMI and Decca, among other labels.
As an oratorio singer he has performed with many of the most important orchestras in Portugal in works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Krönungsmesse and Requiem, Haydn’s Die
Schöpfung, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s and Duruflé’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He also performs regularly as a Lied singer having sung, among other works, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.
His opera premiere was in the part of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte. He later took on main roles in Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Sousa Carvalho’s L’Amore Industrioso, António Teixeira’s As Variedades de Proteu, Marcos Portugal’s La Donna di Genio Volubile, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s La Déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers, Scarlatti´s La Dirindina and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. He also premiered Carrapatoso’s A Floresta, Amaral’s O Sonho and Christopher Bochmann’s Corpo e Alma.
19th May, Saturday
Casa do Infante
Machaut’s Mass of Notre Dame ⋅ Grupo Vocal Olisipo