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. Subsequently she continued her studies at the HfMDK Frankfurt with Prof. Ursula Targler-Sell obtaining a Master’s degree in 2016.
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, Siebel/ Faust, Oberto/ Alcina and Zweite Magd/ Elektra.
From 2017 to 2019 Josy Santos was in the ensemble at the Staatsoper Hannover where her repertoire included 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, Un musico/ Manon Lescaut, Robin in Offenbach’s Le roi Carotte and Frau von Hufnagel in Hans Werner Henze’s Der junge Lord.
Josy Santos sang Silvia in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata at the Rheingau Music Festival, Dardano in Händel’s Amadigi di Gaula with Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and most recently the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Oper Schloss Hallwyl. She has appeared with L’Opéra national du Rhin as 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 Professionnel de la critique.
Josy Santos is prizewinner in competitions such as Concours International de Chant Toulouse 2019, Operalia 2018, Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2018, Anneliese-Rothenberger-Wettbewerb 2017 and reached the finals at the Belvedere Competition 2017.