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Paulo
Bitencourt
Paulo Bitencourt — Musician, Voice-over Artist, Photographer & WriterPaulo Bitencourt

Professional qualification

As a boy, I dreamed of becoming a comic book and animation artist. At the age of thirteen, I worked afternoons as an illustrator at a newspaper and at a graphic arts company of my hometown.
In 1989, after five semesters on a Faculty of Theology, in São Paulo, Brazil, I dropped out of studies and moved to Europe, temporarily living in Portugal, France, England and Germany until, the following year, going to study German in Austria, where I then settled.
In 1992, without any previous musical training, I passed the admission test of the Faculties of Solo Singing and Opera of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna. In my final examination, I played the Count Almaviva, in the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Professional activity

During my studies, I sang in professional choirs, with performances in Austria, Israel, Italy, Japan and the United States, such as the Concentus Vocalis Choir and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Theodor Guschlbauer, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, at the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the Carnegie Hall, in New York, and an independent production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, with a one-month tour of Japan.
As a soloist, I gave recitals in the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus, with works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and in the Bösendorfer Hall, in Vienna, with works by Villa-Lobos and Oscar Lorenzo Fernández. I performed in various theaters, such as the Stadttheater Baden, in Austria, and the Vienna Akzent Theater, playing The King, in Carl Orff’s Die Kluge, The Father, in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Figaro, in Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Guglielmo, in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte.
In 1995, I was hired by the largest German-language theater, the Vienna Burgtheater, where I sang and played in such plays as Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Elfriede Jelinek’s Ein Sportstück, and William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
Self-taught on the guitar, I am an interpreter of the bossa nova classics, like the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, and the songs by Chico Buarque.
As a voice-over artist, I narrate corporate videos of international companies, such as Plasser & Theurer, TGW Logistics, Doka and Lyoness.
As a photographer, my favorite subjects are street photography, portraits and landscapes. I was hired to photograph an orchestra and an opera singer during one of her performances at the Vienna Volksoper.

Books

I see myself as a freethinker and am the author of the books Freed from Religion (currently under translation) and Com Zeus Não Se Brinca (Nobody Plays With Zeus).

Fighting discrimination

In 2012, after living for 22 years in Austria, and with the birth of my son, I decided to be naturalized Austrian and discovered that permanent residence and perfect mastery of German were no longer enough. Some years before, the law had been changed to require foreigners to have a high income. Under the new law, 70% of the Austrians themselves would not have the means to become naturalized. In addition, if their parents are foreigners, children born in Austria are not granted Austrian nationality.
In view of this obvious incoherence, which, on top of that, is discriminatory, since it impedes legalized and integrated immigrants from taking part in the democratic process, I was the subject of several reports on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.
In 2015, SOS Mitmensch, an Austrian human rights organization, plastered all over Vienna posters with my picture.

Citizen of Austria

In May 2016, the governor of the state of Lower Austria granted Austrian citizenship to me, my wife, a native of Russia, and our son, born in Vienna.
Do you like my bossa nova interpretations? Then, pay me a beer with pizza, or, if you prefer, a coffee with cake by buying one of the songs of my CD.