João Luís Paixão is a baritone and researcher specialized in Early Music singing and acting. During his student years at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, he cofounded two ensembles, A Dialogue on a Kiss, dedicated to Elizabethan lute song, and Heptachordum, dedicated to eighteenth-century chamber Cantata, with whom he won the 26th edition of the Young Musicians Prize of the Portuguese Radio and Television. More recently, he has been working in close collaboration with ensemble Seconda Pratica, researching and performing the repertoire of the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th through 17th centuries.
Active in the fields of opera and musical theatre, João Luís Paixão has, since 2011, intensified his activity in practice based research, giving special attention to eighteenth-century gesture, declamation and esthetics, and its connection to singing. Together with Dr. Jed Wentz, he has worked on the reconstruction of monologues from the 17th through 19th centuries, collaborating with Oxford Brookes University, The Royal Theatre Society, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Anton Bruckner University Linz, Stockholm University, among others. In 2014, he acted in and coached a semi-staged reconstruction of Georg Benda’s Medea, within the Laboratory of the Utrecht Early Music Festival. The following year, he staged and acted in the reconstruction of Jean-Jacques Rousseau/Horace Coignet’s Pygmalion in the historical theatre of Český Krumlov, a project developed in collaboration with “Performing pre-modernity” in the University of Stockholm. Currently living in The Hague, João Luís is actively engaged with local artists and promoters such as the Royal Theatre and ensemble Musica Poetica in order to raise awareness to the dramatic and declamatory dimensions of pre-modern repertoire.