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New season 2019 / 2020


After slightly short one month summer break, Nova Era is back on the schedule of regular rehearsals. We are excited about our following program Poesia which is dedicated to the connection of Portuguese as well as international poetry and contemporary music.

But that’s not all! We are even more excited about our guest conductor INÊS LOPES that is working with our ensemble for the following two months. You may hear and enjoy the result of our work in the beginning of November.




If you read our newsletter, you already know that Nova Era participated in Festival Coros de Verão which took place in the end of June in Lisbon. We are happy to announce that we won a GOLD MEDAL in both categories, Sacred and Open.

Have a look at some photos from the festival here.

In addition to the Lisbon festival, Nova Era travelled to the north of Portugal to attend Vocal Art Choir Competition, taking place in Freamunde on July 18 - 21, 2019. We participated in two categories Sacra and Folk. Thanks to high evaluation in these two categories, our ensemble got to compete in the final competition Coro dos Coros.


After giving it everything and preforming one of our best performances, we won the FIRST PRIZE and became the choir of choirs altogether with the Spanish choir Coro de Câmara Ainur. Congratulations Coro de Câmara Ainur, an amazing choir that we shared our first prize with!


FESTIVAL COROS DE VERÃO 2019 | 21-24 june


Nova Era is attending the Festival Coros de Verão 2019 (click for more info)!

On Saturday 22nd June, we will join the competition in CCB in two categories (open + sacred) at 13h30 and 15h30.

On Sunday 23rd June, we will perform several short concerts all over Belém, starting at 16h in Jardim Vasco de Gama, finishing at 21h30 as the last participating choir of the final concert of the festival in Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Don't miss it! Come support us!
- free entrance -





Yes! It’s true! Nova Era celebrated one year since the first concert in Igreja do Loreto, Lisbon, in the exactly same place. The concert, on Friday of 17th May, was dedicated to the theme of creation and was spectacular!

Check some photos in our gallery.


Manuel Morreira - from Magma … to Obsidian (absolute premiere)

Hendrik Hofmeyr - Genesis (national premiere)

Anton Bruckner - Locus Iste

David Lang - I lie

Clytus Gottwald / Richard Wagner - Im Treibhaus (national premiere)

Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei

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Nova Era Vocal Ensemble was truly honored by the invitation of Santuário in Fátima to be a part of an annual celebratory concert of Tres Pastorinhos de Fátima. The concert was preformed on Sunday, February 17th, 2019.

Main part of the program was dedicated to the Mass for Double Choir of Frank Martin. Individual parts of the mass were divided (and highlighted) by brilliant pieces of Arvo Pärt, Sandström, John Tavener and João Fonseca e Costa. 

The Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima, where the concert took place, is an unbelievable space and we couldn’t have been happier for the conditions it gave us. The full live recording of the concert by Angelus TV is available to watch here.

Nova Era Vocal Ensemble in Fátima

Nova Era Vocal Ensemble in Fátima


Christmas Concert 22TH DEC

17h | Igreja da Graça


Frank Martin - Mass for double choir

Georgi Sztojanov - Voluntas Tua (premiere)

Helga Arias - Happening apart from what's happening around it (national premiere)

João Viegas - Ubi Caritas (premiere)

André Mota - Inter-Sonho (premiere)


CONCERT 11th November


Nova Era Vocal Ensemble was invited by Grupo Coral de Queluz to participate at the opening concert of the season 2018/2019 in beautiful Palace of Queluz, Lisbon.

We are excited about performing pieces of Frank Martin, Eric Whitacre, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Josu Elberdin and premiere “Quando morre um homem” by Alfredo Teixeira, composed specifically for this occasion.



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In middle of September, Nova Era got the opportunity to participate in ON STAGE festival which took place in Lisbon. We were delighted to cooperate with choirs not only of different levels and age groups but also of different nationalities (Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal).

Our ensemble enjoyed preparation of repertoire which was put together exclusively for this festival. Some videos are available on ON STAGE facebook page and to check photos, visit our gallery.


new season

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Nova Era returns after the summer break, already in September, with the participation at "ON STAGE 2018" music festival.

Later in autumn, we will be performing several premieres of Portuguese composers and also premieres of Helga Arias, Spain and  Georgi Sztojanov, Hungary. We dearly appreciate the cooperation between our ensemble and international composers and we can´t wait to start working on their pieces.  The highlight of the year 2018 will be a mass for double choir. Can you take a guess which piece will be performed?


Da Capo Magazine

Interview for Da Capo magazine with our director João Fonseca e Costa. Amazing article about our work and future projects. We are very thankful to Ana Fernandes for the wonderful words and Da Capo magazine for supporting our music and dreams. Check it out now!


Last ConcertS

JULY 18 - 21, Vocal Art Choir Competition, Freamunde

JUNE 21 - 24, Festival Coros de Verão, Lisbon

MAY 17 | Igreja do Loreto, Lisbon

FEBRUARY 17 | Santuário de Fátima, Fátima

DECEMBER 22 | Igreja da Graça, Lisbon

NOVEMBER 11 | Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Lisbon

OCTOBER 7 | Igreja Paroquial de Alfornelos, Lisbon

SEPTEMBER 15 | On Stage Festival in Lisbon

JULY 20 | Festival Peças Frescas - 5th edition Açores, Ponta Delgada

MAY 27 | Igreja do Sagrado coração de Jesus, Lisbon

MAY 11 | Igreja do Loreto, Lisbon