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Joan-Baptista Otero began vocal and musicological studies in Barcelona, continuing in London and Basel (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), where he specialized in medieval and baroque music with Nigel Rogers, Rosmarie Meister and Karin Smith (musicology), Hans Martin Linde (conducting), and later Peter Kooy in Hannover.
His interest in the revival and diffusion of Catalan, Spanish and Italian Baroque music led him to create in 1987 the Beatus Ille Ensemble, a chamber orchestra concentrating on period-instrument performance, basis of the future Reial Companyia Òpera de Cambra (RCOC).
With the RCOC he has conducted works by Antoni de Lliteres (Los elementos, 1992), Antonio Vivaldi (Gloria e Imeneo, La Senna festeggiante, 1993), David Pérez (L’Olimpiade, 1994), Vicent Martín i Soler (L’arbore di Diana, 1995-6, Il sogno, 2000-1 season, and Ifigenia in Aulide, 2003-4 season), Domènec Terradellas (Artaserse, in the Amphitheatre of the Festival Grec de Barcelona, 1998), Domenico Scarlatti (Eco e Narciso), and ‘Portrait of a woman composer: Marianna Martínez’.
In May 2005 he conducted the production and recording of Porpora’s Orlando/L'Angelica in co-production with the Aranjuez Festival and the Festival de Sarrebourg-Le Couvent for the K617 label.
In the 2006-7 season he conducted Martín i Soler’s 'Ifigenia in Aulide', again for the Sarrebourg Festival, and Antonio Mazzoni’s 'Aminta, il re pastore' in a production for the Herne Festival (Germany) and WDR3 for which he was awarded with the prestigious Orphée d’Or of the French Académie du Disque Lyrique, together with the Diamant of Opéra Magazine.
Along with his conducting activity, Otero has developed an intense musicological task focused on the research of new 17 and 18 century opera repertoire. At 23 yo appointed General Editor of the Larousse Music Dictionary Spanish Edition (1987), publishing since then numerous specialized articles and first modern editions of works by composers such as Martín i Soler ('L'arbore di Diana', 1997; 'Ifigenia in Aulide'; 'Ipermestra'), Mariana Martínez (Cantatas) or Porpora ('L'Angelica'), among others.
1990s Otero created together with the stage director and cofounder of RCOC, Isidro Olmo, their own music publishing department, RCOC Editorial, and later their recording label, RCOC records, distributed by Harmonia Mundi International.
He then conducted and recorded the first complete opera seria of Domènec Terradellas, ‘Artaserse’ which also obtained the Orphée d’Or of the French Académie du Disque Lyrique.
2010-14 he has recorded the complete stage cantatas of Martín y Soler, ‘Il Sogno’ and ‘La Dora festeggiante’, and the second part of the Terradellas opera seria trilogy, ‘Sesostri, re d’Egitto’, all awarded with the 'Orphée d'Or' by the French Académie du Disque.
Recording sessions of Terradellas 'Sesostri', featuring Joan-Baptista Otero & Sunhae Im
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