The Ensemble Los Elementos was founded in 2018 as a baroque orchestra by Alberto Miguélez Rouco for the first modern performance on historic instruments of José de Nebra’s Vendado es Amor, no es ciego. One of its most important goals is the rediscovery and performance of works from the extensive and mostly unknown repertoire of Spanish baroque music. The musicians of the ensemble came together at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where they received their training.
In 2019 they recorded Vendado es Amor, no es ciego on CD for Glossa in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, being it released in June 2020. In September 2020 they performed it at La Coruña’s Teatro Colón, during Amigos de la Ópera de La Coruña’s Festival. It’s new CD, Cantadas, will be Alberto Miguélez Rouco’s first solo album, dedicated to José de Nebra and Francisco Corselli’s sacred cantadas.
Alberto Miguélez Rouco
He was born in La Coruña (Spain) in 1994, where he studied singing with tenor Pablo Carballido del Camino and Piano with Cristina López. In 2012 he began his singing studies at the Musik Akademie Basel (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), where he studied with the mezzosoprano Rosa Domínguez, finishing his Master Degrees in 2017 and 2019. He also studied harpsichord and basso continuo with Francesco Corti, Giorgio Paronuzzi and Jesper Christensen.
In opera, he has recently sung Telemann’s Orpheus (Ascalax) with René Jacobs, Händel’s Partenope (Armindo) conducted by William Christie (Paris Philharmonie, Valencia, La Coruña, Bucharest, Budapest, Luzern); Ottone (Adelberto) at the Innsbrucker Festwochen; Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo (La Discordia) at Strasbourg, Nancy and Versailles conducted by Christophe Rousset; Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Umana fragilità and Pisandro) at the Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza or Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress and Spirit), conducted by Paul Agnew.
As a soloist in oratorio he has sung Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (René Jacobs), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (René Jacobs and Bach Vereniging), Händel’s Israel in Egypt (René Jacobs), Messiah, Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne, and Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Disinganno) under the direction of Paul Agnew (Trondheim Baroque Festival), Pasquini’s Il San Vito (at Boston Early Music Festival), Michael Haydn’s Requiem in c-moll, Hasse’s Miserere in c-moll, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Sparrow Mass and Trinitas Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Magnificat and Beatus Vir, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Traetta’s Stabat Mater.
He regulary attends to masterclasses with renowned singers and teachers like Margreet Honig, Sara Mingardo, Mariella Devia, Philippe Jaroussky, Valerie Guillorit, Christine Schäfer, Alessandro de Marchi, Sophie Daneman and Maria Cristina Kiehr, and has worked with conductors like René Jacobs, William Christie, Paul Agnew, Christophe Rousset, Gabriel Garrido, Lionel Sow or Josep Pons. He has performed with orquestras such as Les Arts Florissants, Freiburger Barockorchester, Le Concert des Nations, Hesperion XXI, Trondheim Baroque Orchestra, Les talens Lyriques, Café Zimmermann, la Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Ensemble Elyma, Musica Fiorita and Ensemble Semura Sonora. Since 2020 he is a member of Philippe Jaroussky’s voice Academy.
He founded in 2018 his own ensemble Los Elementos, and in September 2019 he recorded with his José de Nebra’s baroque zarzuela Vendado es Amor, no es ciego, for the discographic label Glossa. In 2020 he recorded his first solo album, Cantadas, with music by José de Nebra and Francesco Corselli, and in 2021 they recorded Nebra’s Donde ay violencia, no ay culpa.