Bio

Soprano Carla Baptista Alves was born in Porto but she grew up in the province of Minho, in the north-west of Portugal, where she had her first music lessons on flute and organ.


Later on she returned to Porto to study singing and piano at the Music Academy of Porto and to take a degree in singing at the School of Music and Performing Arts. After graduating, she worked in France with soprano Eliana Cotrubas, in the Opera Studio in Brussels (Belgium) and in Hannover (Germany) with soprano Elena Domitrescu.


Carla Baptista Alves has given solo concerts in Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain and France.


During her career she has played several parts, including Nerina in the Serenade Il Trionfo d`Amore by Francisco António de Almeida, for which opera she was also artistic Director, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte – Mozart, Pamina in The Magic Flute – Mozart, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart, Jenny in the Threepenny Opera - Kurt Weill, Fiordiligi of Cosi fan Tutte - Mozart, Cio-Cio San of Madam Butterfly - Puccini.


She furthermore distinguished herself as oratorio singer: “Mass in D-minor" (Mozart), “Jephte” (Carissimi), “Requiem” (Mozart ) “Messiah” (Händel), “Gloria” (Vivaldi), "The Creation" (Haydn ), “Petite Messe Solennelle” (Rossini), “Stabat Mater” (Pergolesi), “Magnificat” (J.S.Bach), “Passion Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem" (Arvo Pärt) and “German Requiem” (J. Brahms).

 

Her repertoire further consists of contemporary work, performed or recorded as national or even world premieres.

As an artist she tries to cover as wide a range as possible, which has led to her collaborating in other areas of the performing arts, such as singing for movie soundtracks or dancing performances.

 

Because of her versatility as a singer, Carla Baptista Alves does not want to limit herself to one music style or period only. Her forays into Jazz and Pop music constitutes a part of her maturity as a soprano singer, as long as she worked worked together with Maria Viana or, more recently, Rodrigo Leão.

 

In 2008 she launched under her own name the CD "World Music for Babies" dedicated to her first child.

 

In 2011 she published a new CD called "Noutro Lugar" where besides giving voice to themes included on the album, Carla  Baptista Alves took risks and embraced the composition and orchestration, with the precious help of the producer Carlos Maria Trindade.


She studied orchestration with the composer Dimitris Andrikopoulos.


Alongside her performing career, she teaches singing and vocal technique. She also regularly receives requests to give workshops, seminars and lectures on singing and vocal technique.