The Orchestra Divino Sospiro is a project based on the quality and faithfulness of the baroque repertoire, without ever giving up its own creative instinct. The orchestra created by Massimo Mazzeo gained a reputation for having the highest standards of interpretation, following a difficult route to predict for a chamber orchestra founded and based in Portugal.
Divino Sospiro is honored to work with the most important Portuguese institutions, such as the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro Cultural de Belém, São Carlos National Theater and Casa da Música. In 2017 the orchestra had the honour to perform in two concerts for the President of the Portuguese Republic and Diplomatic Corps. In the international context, Divino Sospiro participated in venues such as: Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Festival Ile de France (recorded by Radio France), Folle Journée Nantes and Tokyo, Festival d’Ambronay (recorded for Radio France), Gdansk Mozart Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Bargemusic Festival in New York, Festival de Musica Antigua de Sevilla.
Concerts and masterclasses have been held by prestigious artists: Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Alberto Grazzi, Alfredo Bernardini, Chiara Banchini, Christina Pluhar, Enrico Onofri, Christophe Coin, Deborah York, Gemma Bertagnolli, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Kenneth Weiss, Maria Bayo, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Maria Hinojosa Montenegro, Maurice Steger, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Romina Basso, Vittorio Ghielmi, Vivica Genaux, Giuliano Carmignola, Gustav Leonhardt, …
The recordings of the orchestra have received the highest achievements, among them a “5” Diapason award, by the renowned specialised music review. Divino Sospiro is actively involved in the promotion of pedagogical and musical education of the Baroque period. In order to promote practice with theoretical study, in 2013 Divino Sospiro established a partnership with the Parks of Sintra-Monte da Lua, allowing the creation of the Center for Musical Studies of Portugal (DS-CEMSP). The center develops studies and investigations, critical editions, international colloquia and high-quality music sessions, which are promoted by some of the most prestigious festivals worldwide. Divino Sospiro counts on important personalities of the Portuguese cultural life, having the honour to have the ex- President of the Republic Dr. Jorge Sampaio as Honorary President.