• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever
(Photo credit: Renato Mangolin)

Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro Announces Next Music Director

Brazilian conductor Felipe Prazeres will officially assume the role as of August 12, 2022


Felipe Prazeres, 45, succeeds conductor Ira Levin as music director of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro (TMRJ) orchestra — a position that was vacant for eight months. 

Having conducted the TMRJ orchestra for the first time at their 2022 season opening, Prazeres’ official debut in his new role will be held on August 12, 2022, featuring a program dedicated to French music. 

Concertmaster of Brazil’s Petrobras Symphony Orchestra (OPES) and conductor of OPES’s pop projects, Prazeres has served as assistant conductor to Isaac Karabtchevsky and has led orchestras such as the World Youth Symphony, OPES, Bahia Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and SESI Camerata.

Additionally, he is the artistic director and co-founder of the Johann Sebastian Rio Orchestra and serves as concertmaster of the UFRJ Symphony Orchestra, where he has also conducted concerts since 2009.

Born into a family of musicians, Prazeres’ father is renowned conductor Armando Prazeres and his brother Carlos also conducts. Prazeres began his music studies at age 11 and is a graduate of Uni-Rio and Academia de Santa Cecilia studying with Paulo Bosisio and Domenico Nordio.

“The Artistic Board is very happy with the arrival of maestro Felipe Prazeres, a musician of excellence who will contribute enormously to the Municipal Theater and our season!” said Eric Herrero, TMRJ’s artistic director, according to a Portuguese news outlet

“I am very happy and honored to assume as the new conductor of the Orchestra, and it is extremely emblematic to be chosen by the musicians themselves!” said Prazeres, as reported in Revisita Musea. “We will work hard and I want to contribute so that the Municipal is always a great reference in Rio de Janeiro.” 

upcoming events

september 2023

21sepAll Day03octKronberg Academy Festival(All Day) Kronberg Academy, Beethovenpl. 1, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus, GermanyEvent Type :OtherFOLLOW

26sepAll Day30Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition(All Day) Frimurerlogen i Trondhjem Selskapslokaler, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim, NorwayEvent Type :competitions Event TagsTrondheim International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

october 2023

16octAll Day27"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition(All Day) Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale, 4, 16121 Genova GE, ItalyEvent Type :competitions Event Tags"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

20oct1:00 pm5:00 pmLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls RdEvent Type :competitions Event TagsLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach CompetitionFOLLOW

23octAll Day29Concours de Genève International Music Competition — String Quartet(All Day) Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, SwitzerlandEvent Type :competitions Event TagsConcours de Genève,string quartetFOLLOW

28octAll Day05novISANGYUN International Piano Competition(All Day) Tongyeon Concert Hall, 38, Keunbalgae 1-Gil Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 53079 South KoreaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsIsangYun International Piano Competition,Piano CompetitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right