Artistic Director / Music Director / Stage Director / Conductor: Born in Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, France. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and was subsequently awarded a Masters Degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music, London. Marcio was Music and Stage Director of Woodhouse Opera, and is the founder of the Ensemble OrQuesta. He is also music director of the Grange Choral Society, and Artistic Director of the Hastings Philharmonic. As Stage and Music director for Woodhouse Opera and Ensemble OrQuessta he has directed over 20 operas. Marcio is also an active chamber music singer. Most recently he performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Schubert’s Winterreise and Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel.www.marciodasilva.com
Music Director / Harpsichordist / Pianist / Conductor: The Northern Irish German pianist, harpsichordist and conductor was born in Germany in 1992. While still at school he was awarded several prizes as a pianist and studied Church Music at the HfK Rottenburg. In 2011 he began his degree in music at the HfM Freiburg and parallel to that in 2015 his degree in orchestral conducting under the guidance of Scott Sandmeier, Massimiliano Matesic and Lutz Köhler, qualifying with first class honours and subsequently becoming a lecturer there.
During his studies in Freiburg he distinguished himself as an expert on opera, working and conducting at the opera school and theatre in Freiburg, the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart, the Festival International de Música de Canarias, the Lotte Lehman Woche/Akademie and La Palma Música. He founded the orchestra con.espressione and became the artistic director of the Kammerorchester Landwasser.
In Germany he conducted Alcina, Die Flut, Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, Shockheaded Peter and the premières of The Cabalist of East Broadway and Malina. With EnsembleOrQuesta he has worked as a conductor and harpsichordist for Hippolyte et Aricie (2019), La Calisto (2020) and Euridice (2020).
Conductor: Brazilian conductor Neylson Crepalde has attended masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Ragnar Bohlin, Kenneth Kiesler, Marcio da Silva, Roberto Tibiriçá, Osvaldo Ferreira and many others. He studied conducting at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is also music professor at Technological Methodist University Izabela Hendrix (Brazil) and Head of Music Department. Neylson is also a trained singer and classical guitarist.
With Ensemble OrQuesta he has acted as conductor for L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Dido and Aeneas (2016), Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra (2016), Don Giovanni (2017), Cosi fan Tutte (2018) and Magic Flute (2019).