João Luís Paixão is a baritone and researcher specialized in Early Music singing and acting, graduated in 2013 from a Masters in Early Music Singing at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. He works regularly with various ensembles and orchestras in The Netherlands and Germany, such as Seconda Pratica and Musica Poëtica, and is a guest teacher at the Utrecht and Den Haag Conservatories.
João Paixão has, since 2011, intensified his activity in practice based research, giving special attention to eighteenth-century gesture, declamation and aesthetics, 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 and Amsterdam University. In 2014, he acted in and coached a semi-staged reconstruction of Gotter/Benda’s Medea, within the Laboratory of the Utrecht Oudemuziek Festival. The following year, he staged and acted in the reconstruction of Rousseau/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 Koninklijk Schouwburg and the ensemble Musica Poëtica in order to raise awareness to the dramatic and declamatory dimensions of early-modern repertoire. With this ensemble, he is currently presenting Brandes/Benda’s Ariadne auf Naxos to several audiences throughout The Netherlands.