Biography (En español)
After finishing her studies at the opera studio of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Joana Thomé made her debut in England with companies such as the English Touring Opera (ETO) and Grange Park in the roles of Dido from Dido and Aeneas, Messagiera and Proserpina from L’Orfeo and First nymph from Rusalka (Dvorak).
Since then, the brazilian mezzo-soprano performed in Italy, France, China, E.U.A, Brasil and Spain and her roles include amongst others: Rosina (Rossini), Hansel (Humperdinck), Lucretia from Rape of Lucretia (Britten), Cherubino (Mozart), Dorabella (Mozart), Carmen and Mercedes from Carmen (Bizet), Béatrice from Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz), Xerxes from Xerxes (Haendel), Minerva from Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi).
In concerts and recitals, Joana has made her debut in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. John Smith's Square, St. James (Piccadilly) or Purcell Room in England. In Spain, country where she currently lives, Joana performed at the Fundación Juan March, Palau de la Música de Valencia, Auditório de Castellon, Auditorio de Albacete, Palau Altea, as well as in Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Teatro Reina Victoria (Madrid), Teatro del Escorial, Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo), Teatro Baluarte (Pamplona), Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao).
Her vocal flexibility and interest in researching new repertoire has led her to interpret the premiere of pieces by the contemporary composers Carl Michael Bergerheim, Vicente Roncero, Javier Costa and Antonio G. Schneekloth. Her projects in this field include the performance of Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg) with the Nomos Group.
She also recorded for BBC radio 3 and RNE (radio nacional española). Other recordings include a DVD of the zarzuela musical Amadeo directed by Albert Boadella and conducted by Miguel Roa, winner of the prize of best new spanish opera or zarzuela production at the VI Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor 2011.
Joana was also awarded in national and international competitions such as Madeline Finden Memorial Trust, United Kingdom 2002; Concours international de chant de Clermont-Ferrand, France 2007; I Concurso Internacional de Canto de Zamora, Spain 2007; Voces jóvenes, Spain 2002; 15th edition of Concurs Joseph Mirabent i Magrans; Concurso del Festival Lírico Internacional de Callosa d’en Sarriá, Spain, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
She graduated at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with the support of Fundación Vitae (Brazil) and “The Leverhulme Trust” (United Kingdom). She later finished a Master's Degree guided by Susan MacCulloch and Paula Anglin. Furthermore, she sang in masterclasses imparted by Graham Johnson, Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, Leslie Howard, Sarah Walker, Emma Kirkby, Robert Expert, Miguel Zanetti, Ana María Sánchez, Manuel Cid, Teresa Berganza and Ana Luisa Chova.