Brazilian mezzo-soprano Josy Santos is making role debuts this season as Romeo/ I Capuleti e i Montecchi with TOBS Biel Solothurn, as Bellonda in Pascal Dusapin’s Perelà, uomo di fumo with Luzerner Theater and as Zefka in Janacek’s Zapisnik zhizeleho at Opéra national du Rhin. Last season’s highlights include Dorabella/ Cosi fan tutte with Luzerner Theater, Marcellina/ Le nozze di Figaro with Oper Frankfurt, Isabella/ L'italiana in Algeri as well as Glutz in Burkhard’s Casanova in der Schweiz with TOBS Biel Solothurn, revived this season.
2017-2019 Josy Santos was a soloist at the Staatsoper Hannover performing roles such as Hänsel/ Hänsel und Gretel, Ottavia/ L'incoronazione di Poppea, Hermia/ A midsummer night's dream, La marchesa Melibea/ Il viaggio a Reims, Zweite Dame/ Die Zauberflöte, Page/ Salome, Musico/ Manon Lescaut, Robin in Offenbach's Le roi carotte and Frau von Hufnagel in Hans Werner Henze's Der junge Lord. She has appeared as Silvia in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Rheingau Music Festival, as Dardano in Händel's Amadigi di Gaula with Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and in the title role Rossini's La Cenerentola with Oper Schloss Hallwyl. At Opéra national du Rhin she sang Samaritana in Riccardo Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini and returned there in 2018/2019 as Bernardo Cenci in Ginastera's Beatrix Cenci. The production received Grand Prix 2019 for the best performance of the year from Le Syndicat Professionel de la critique.
Josy Santos was born in Bahia, Brazil. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Cruzeiro do Sul University and made her stage debut as Maddalena/ Rigoletto at Teatro Municipal in Jacarei. She continued her studies at the HfMDK Frankfurt with Prof. Ursula Targler-Sell obtaining a Master's degree in 2016. She became prizewinner at the Concours International de Chant Toulouse 2019, the Operalia 2018, the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2018, Anneliese Rothenberger Wettbewerb 2017 and reached the finals at the Belvedere 2017. As a member of the opera studio at Staatsoper Stuttgart 2015-2017 she had a chance to perform important roles such as Cherubino/ Le nozze di Figaro, Siébel/ Faust, Oberto/ Alcina and Zweite Magd/ Elektra.