Noted by the Swedish press as “a new thinker of the genre” (Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter), Brazilian composer João MacDowell has a career that ranges from punk to opera. At the International Brazilian Opera Company – IBOC – he developed an approach he calls “Opera of the Oppressed,” based on […]

Portfolio João Macdowell 2023

Music was originally composed for the soundtrack of the feature film “O Cemiterio das Almas Perdidas (The Cemetery of Lost Souls)” by Rodrigo Aragao. 2020. lyrics NefastusDemonium NefastusDemonium credits releases October 31, 2020Music composed, produced, and performed by:João MacDowell FeaturingIBOC – International Brazilian Opera CompanyThe Virtual Plastic Orchestra Soloists: Percussion: Uka […]


an architectural approach to large scale contemporary composition. When we presented The Seventh Seal opera at the Conservatório de Tatuí, in November 2018, I did a series of seminars, focusing on different aspects of the production. During the composition sections, I had to answer a lot of questions regarding the […]

Polyharmony and Consonance

        IBOC, The Ministry of Culture Brazil, Volvo, and the Prefeitura of Ilhabela present “The Seventh Seal” opera by João MacDowell, with text by Ingmar Bergman. Excerpt from “Drinking Song” with solo by Linnea Andreassen as Squire Jons with Maestro Edson Beltrami. More info: EDSON BELTRAMI – […]

The Seventh Seal – Drinking Song – Teaser.

 “A new thinker in the genre.” (en nytänkare inom genren) Dagens Nyheter Stockholm, August 30th 2018.     The New York Times in this Sunday edition mentions the Stockholm concert premiere of the vocal score of The Seventh Seal opera by João MacDowell, as part of the Bergman Festival 2018, […]

The Seventh Seal opera – International Press

The Seventh Seal an opera by João MacDowell text by Ingmar Bergman. Fårö, Gotland – Bergman Week June 25th – Opening Ceremony Improvisation by the composer João MacDowell. June 29th: Chamber Concert Gotland Winds Emilio Estrada on violin Henning Fredrickson on cello Chamber Works by João MacDowell Cries and Whispers – Suite The Seventh […]

Sweden 2018

  Radar Magazine. Interview to Ricky Terezi. Photo by Scott Robinson.     More info at: IBOC & Interview with João MacDowell – Composer and Artistic director of the International BrazilianOpera Company – IBOC. RADAR – I understand that you are launching the International Brazilian Theater Unit inside […]

Interview Radar Magazine

Plastic Flowers – for the first time staged in NYC! Tkts: Sunday: March 12th Monday: March 13th At: The Slipper Room NYC 167 Orchard St, New York, New York 10002 Doors : 7pm Start time: 8pm Run time: one hour plus intermission There will be an artist talk following the show. […]

Plastic Flowers – NY Premiere – as part of HeForShe ...

We would love to have you at our last recital of the year: • December 17th 2016 – 8pm Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church – 25 Carmine St. – West Village – New York Featuring pianist YinJia Lin and the voices of sopranos Flavia Correia and Kristin Young plus […]

Saturday – December 17th – 8pm – IBOC Recital

We will be presenting concerts recitals of The Seventh Seal opera – Act 1 this month! Rehearsals are going really well. We have an amazing cast and a fantastic support team. Please go to for more info. Tickets – Nov 10th Tickets – Nov 12th   Also check: Please […]

Getting Ready for The Seventh Seal

Our posters for the November concerts of Act 1 from The Seventh Seal opera have recently received Double Platinum and six Gold awards from Graphis International. This poster will be featured on the cover of the Graphis International Design 2017 book. Congratulations to IF Studio NY and IBOC (International Brazilian Opera Company) […]

Platinum and Gold awards for The Seventh Seal opera posters

I am very happy to be presenting this suite of dances from my first opera Tamanduá. Virtuoso pianist YinJia Lin and violinist JiIn Yang approached me with the idea. YinJia was familiar with the songs as we had worked together on the 2014 concerts of selections from Tamanduá. IBOC team used the […]

Premier of Tamandua Suite for Piano and Violin

UPDATE: Thank you all who attended and made this a fantastic party! Photos are available at:         I’ll be the DJ for Boca Boca Spring Masquerade! Join us for a great party. Tickets:   Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading… Click Here to purchase Tickets through […]

Boca Boca: Brazilian Opera Spring Masquerade!

João on Red Carpet Congratulations to Athena Azevedo for photo prize from Graphis! Feeling honored.   Award Silver Photographer Athena Azevedo Client Self Initiated Category Portraits Country United States of America Title Joao on Red Carpet Equipment iPhone 6 Design Firm IF Studio ASSIGNMENT Document composer Joao MacDowell’s visit to […]

Photo prize to Athena Azevedo: Graphis International

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB.18TH, 2016 OPERA AUDITIONS – THE SEVENTH SEAL The International Brazilian Opera (IBOC) is pleased to announce the first round of auditions for “The Seventh Seal” – Act 1 Concert Preview. Concerts will be presented in Manhattan in the second week of November 2016. There may […]

The Seventh Seal: Auditions are open!

Unnoficial clip from Documentary by Lais Azevedo and Pedro Urano:   Sample from work in progress: feature documentary film directed by Lais de Azeredo and Pedro Urano. A film about the creative process of composer Joao MacDowell writing a sequence of operas in tribute to Ingmar Bergman. In this, you […]

A Ilha – Documentary – sneak peek

  Swedish news about the presentation of Cries and Whispers during the opening of Bergman Week 2015.       Click for more news about Joao MacDowell’s new composition for wind quintet and cello, utilizing themes from the opera “Cries and Whispers” (Viskningar Och Rop) World première at the opening […]

Cries and Whispers the opera on Swedish Press

I am very happy to announce that Cries and Whispers, a new opera score developed by the International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC), will be performed during Bergman Week in June of 2015. In the Island of Fårö, Sweden, the place where director Ingmar Bergman chose to  live and work. A section […]

Cries and Whispers at Bergman Week 2015

A New opera by João MacDowell The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street New York, NY 10016 Thursday, March 26, 8 pm Pre concert talk: 7:30pm. Wine Reception after concert: Come celebrate! $20 ($15 ASF Members) At Box office. Or for concert reservations, call 212.847.9740 […]

Cries and Whispers – Concert Premiere!

  ópera Flores de Plástico de João MacDowell Récitas: Dias 22 e 29 de janeiro às 20h Sala Baden Powell – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro Estréia brasileira!!! Clarice Prietto: Penélope, Maria Luisa Lundberg: piano,  Leo Brunno: DJ e Teclados Cila MacDowell: videocenografia Direção de movimento: Bayard Tonelli Projeto cenográfico: Sheyla de Castilho Escultura: Marina Vergara Teaser oficial – […]

Plastic Flowers in Rio, this January.