In the Land of
CONCERT / Brazilian opera singer Paulo Bitencourt sang at “Jugendstil” a mixture of samba and cool jazz.
BY BURKHARD WEIGL
Bossa Nova is for the 1966 Brazil-born musician Paulo Bitencourt “the coolest of all music styles”. At an early age, the guitarist from the State of Paraná toured with various vocal ensembles throughout Brazil. In 1990, he moved to Austria and studied at the Conservatory of Vienna, where he, in 2000, successfully graduated as an academically certified opera singer. At the Stadttheater Baden and the Vienna Akzent Theater, he sang in operas by Carl Orff the role of Figaro in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. At the Vienna Burgtheater, he worked several years as a singer under contract, performed in Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” and in Offenbach’s operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld”. However, his whole love still goes to Bossa Nova. This music style, that emerged in the late 1950’s, is a mixture of samba and cool jazz. Paulo Bitencourt accompanied himself virtuously on the guitar and performed the songs in a typical whisper-quiet style.