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Rosana Marreco Brescia


Rosana Marreco Brescia

Integrated Researcher

Rosana Marreco Brescia has an undergraduate degree in music from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (BRA), a master in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music (New York – USA), and a post-graduation in vocal performance from the Royal Academy of Music (London – GB). She also holds a master’s degree in modern and Contemporary History from the Université Sorbonne – Paris IV (FRA) and a joint Ph.D. in History from the Université Sorbonne and in Musical Sciences from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (PRT). Her thesis entitled C’est là que l’on joue la comédie: les Casas da Ópera en Amérique Portugaise (1719-1819) was considered “très honorable” by the jury. Between 2011 and 2017 Rosana had a post-doctoral fellowship from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal, having studied the stage and set design in 18th century Portugal. Since 2019 Rosana Marreco Brescia is an integrated researcher of the CESEM, where she currently studies the music in the Portuguese female convents in the 18th and 19th centuries. She has published the books É lá que se representa a comédia: a Casa da Ópera de Vila Rica: 1770-1822 (Paco Editorial, 2012), Estudos sobre o teatro e a cenografia em Portugal no século XVIII (Lisbon International Press, 2019) and A Casa da Ópera de Vila Rica/Ouro Preto 1770-2020 (Editora Idea, 2020). She is an associated member of the International Musicological Society and takes part in the study group Gender and Music Patronage. Rosana also develops an intensive career as a soloist, having performed in several theatres and international festivals. She was the artistic director of the baroque operas performed in the Festival Internacional de Música Antiga e Música Colonial Brasileira de Juiz de Fora (BRA), in 2017 and 2018. Rosana has also recorded the albums Angels and Mermaids: sacred music in Oporto and Santiago de Compostela 18/19th century (Arkhe Music, 2016) and Sacred Bel Canto (Castelpor, 2020).


MARRECO BRESCIA, Rosana. “Musica Divina: The Musician Nuns of the Convent of Santa Clara in Oporto (1760-1830)”. Sacred Music Journal (WoS – ISSN: 0036-2255), Volume 147.2. Church Music Association of America (USA), Summer 2020.

MARRECO BRESCIA, Rosana. “From Puppets to Opera: 300 years of the first permanent theatre of Brazil”. Musica Hodie (WoS – ISSN: 1676-3939), Universidade Federal de Goiás (BRA), março de 2019.

MARRECO BRESCIA, Rosana. “Opera Houses in Eighteenth Century Portuguese America”, in Música e História – Estudos em Homenagem a Manuel Carlos de Brito, edited by Manuel Pedro Ferreira and Teresa Cascudo (Edições Colibri – Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical, 2017), pp.273-281, ISBN978-989-689-662-1.