Cartas Portuguesas / Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2

Gulbenkian Orchestra / Hannu Lintu

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After being inspired by the letters exchanged between D. Pedro I and the Marquesa de Santos to compose Domitila, the Brazilian composer João Guilherme again uses epistolary relationships to create a short opera, this time inspired by the romantic correspondence of Sóror Mariana Alcoforado. Conducted by Hannu Lintu – who will also conduct his tribute to Beethoven with Symphony No. 2 – soprano Carla Caramujo sings at the national première of Cartas Portuguesas, a work commissioned as part of the partnership established between Gulbenkian Música and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.



Gulbenkian Orchestra
Hannu Lintu Conductor
Carla Caramujo Soprano
Jorge Takla Staging
Otelo Lapa Staging reenactment in Lisbon
Fábio Namatame Costumes
João Cachulo Light design

Claire Santos Soprano (Gulbenkian Choir)
Maria José Conceição Soprano (Gulbenkian Choir)
Sara Afonso Soprano (Gulbenkian Choir)

Ricardo Junceiro Props
Joana Cornelsen
Hair and make-up
Inês Poeira Costumes assistant
Inês Mesquita Accompanist


João Guilherme Ripper
Cartas Portuguesas [Portuguese Letters] *
Monodrama for soprano and orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36

– Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
– Larghetto
Scherzo: Allegro – Trio
– Allegro molto


* Portuguese Premiere. Comissioned in the frame of SP-LX – Contemporary music from Portugal and Brazil.

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