Dinis Sousa will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Monteverdi Choir in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem on 29 February and 1 and 3 March 2024. They are joined by soloists soprano Lenneke Ruiten and baritone Christian Gerhaher. Brahms’s Requiem will be preceded by two choral works: Heinrich Schütz’s Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn sterben and Johann Christoph Bach’s Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt. He is stepping in for Sir John Eliot Gardiner who has withdrawn from his performances.
Dinis Sousa is principal conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and associate conductor of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – the first person in the history of the choir and orchestras founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to hold such a title.
In the summer of 2023, he stepped in to lead the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique on a critically acclaimed European tour of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, including performances at the Salzburg Festival, Berlin Musikfest and the BBC Proms.
October 2023 saw him conduct the Monteverdi Choir together with the English Baroque Soloists on a North American tour, with performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s L’Allegro, il Pensoroso ed il Moderato in Chicago, Ottawa, and at Carnegie Hall.
Recent and upcoming guest-conducting engagements include the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio Symphony. Dinis Sousa is also the founder and artistic director of Orquestra XXI, an orchestra of musicians drawn from the global Portuguese diaspora.
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