“An accomplished and charming artist with a warm timbre and exquisite high voice” Portuguese soprano Iria Perestrelo was during the season 2020-21 at Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland and most recently debuted the role of Giulietta in I Capuletti e I Montechi in Portugal
London based for over a decade, Iria Perestrelo has performed at major Opera Festivals and with professional Choirs in the UK. Collaborations with Grange Park Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Choir of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Chorus have taken Iria to the greatest concert halls in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall (notably in the BBC Proms), Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre. In Europe on stages such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Palau de la Música València. Highlights include memorable engagements with some of the world's leading musicians, namely Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andris Nelsons, Marin Alsop, Daniel Harding, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir Simon Keenlyside, Joseph Calleja.
A pupil of renowned Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny, Iria's core repertoire include the Mozart roles Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina D. Giovanni and Despina in Così fan tutte. Other highlighted opera credits include Gingerbread woman in Delius A village Romeo & Juliet at Wexford Festival Opera Ireland, Sandmännchen Hänsel & Gretel at Grange Park Opera (cover), Moth A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Theatre.
"A WONDERFULLY DYNAMIC AND VOCALLY BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE OF SUSANNA IN OUR 2018 PRODUCTION OF THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO INVITE IRIA TO SING FOR US!"
BRIAN MACKAY Artistic Director, ZêzereArts Festival
As an ENOA artist, Iria was selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, working directly with distinguished mentors:
Anita Garanča (Latvian National Opera)
Andrejs Žagars (Latvian National Opera)
Dmitry Vdovin (Bolshoi Theatre)
Eytan Pessen (Semperoper Dresden)
Izabella Kłosińska (Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa)
Claudio Desderi (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
At Teatr Wielki Iria performed scenes from L’elisir d’amore (Adina) and Die Fledermaus (Adele).
Iria graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, having then specialized in Historical Performance. She received regular coaching from Dame Emma Kirkby and was a soloist with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra (c. Pavlo Beznosiuk) and her own baroque ensemble Prince and Pauper Consort. Performances include Purcell The Fairy Queen (Night, Juno), Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla), Handel Aminta e Fillide (Aminta), appearing at the London Handel Festival, St. Martin-in-the-fields, Brighton Early Music Festival, National Portrait Gallery. Other highlights include a staged version of Bach St. Mathew Passion at the National Theatre, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.
“All were impressive, although I slightly favoured the warm and gentle timbre of Iria Perestrelo, her voice blending well into the instrumental consort.”
EARLY MUSIC REVIEW
Bach: Ich habe genug, St. Martin-in-the-Fields
IRIA MADE HER WIGMORE HALL DEBUT SINGING ÓXIDO OP. 9, A NEW PIECE BY FABER MUSIC COMPOSER FRANCISCO COLL. IRIA'S PERFORMANCE WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE PRIZE JOVENS CRIADORES BY CLUBE PORTUGUÊS DE ARTES E IDEIAS & INSTITUTO PORTUGUÊS DA JUVENTUDE.
"Iria was without a doubt the protagonist that night at the Wigmore."
"I had written a piece knowing that very few sopranos could do it, but Iria did a wonderful job and the première at London's Wigmore Hall was a huge success.
I was really surprised by the beauty and power of her voice, as well as her versatility."
FRANCISCO COLL Composer, Faber Music
"Iria managed to provoke the minds of those present by singing in an easy way a role that demanded a really wide and colorful voice range."
Composer, Faber Music
Iria is twice recipient of the Instituto Camões Award in promotion of the project Songs from Portugal, which explores Portuguese vocal repertoire from the 18th to the 20th century.
Songs from Portugal has been presented in the UK at historical venues such as Handel House and Fenton House
and most recently in Paris at the Atelier Von Nagel and Maison du Portugal – Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
"Iria is on track to become a real ambassador for Portuguese Music and Culture."
ARMIN ZANNER Guildhall School of Music and Drama