Biography

Nélia Gonçalves is regularly invited to participate in projects that range from early to contemporary music. She has sung already with several early music ensembles as such “Ludovice Ensemble”, conducted by Fernando Miguel Jalôto, and recently, she participated in the modern debut Mattutino de Morti from David Perez, Viseu Manuscript, with the ensemble Flores da Mvsica, conducted by João Paulo Janeiro.

She participated also in several contemporary music projects, as such opera HUMMUS by Zad Moultaka, produced by Opera Lab Europa in 2017, in the role of Truika and more recently she performed in the contemporary opera Tudo Nunca Sempre o Mesmo Diferente Nada by Tiago Cutileiro, in the role of Narrator, produced by the Arte no Tempo association.

In 2016 she made her debut as Hansel in the opera Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck (presented during the Temporada Darcos in its Portuguese version, by Alexandre Delgado), under Mário João Alves and conducted by Nuno Côrte-Real. Earlier in 2016, she joined the cast of Dialogue des Carmelites at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, conducted by João Paulo Santos and directed by Luís Miguel Sintra.

Awarded a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation, she participated in various ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) workshops, which gave her the opportunity to collaborate in various opera projects, received coaching from Claudio Desderi, Larissa Diadkova and Sergei Leiferkus. 

With regard to choral music, Nélia has participated in diverse projects, such as the Coro Casa da Música, under various conductors, including Paul Hillier, James Wood, Simon Carrington, Andrew Bizants, Kaspars Putnins, Laurence Cummings, Christoph König, Andrew Parrott and Peter Rundel. With this choir and Baroque Orchestra of Casa da Muisca, Nélia Gonçalves performed recently, as soloist, Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, conducted by Laurece Cummings. In 2013, She also sung with the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir under direction of Kaspars Putnins.

Since 2014 she has been a staff member of the ZêzereArts Festival under the artistic direction of Brian MacKay, performing as a soloist and teaching vocal technique. 

Nélia concluded a Master’s degree in Music Education (Singing) at the University of Aveiro in 2013. She holds a Bachelor degree in Music (Performance – Singing) from the same university, where she studied under António Salgado, António Chagas Rosa and Joaquina Ly, and was awarded the Cidade de Aveiro Prize. She regularly participates in masterclasses, and has studied with Claire Vangelisti, Susan Waters, Laura Sarti, Brian Gill, Pierre Mak, Elisabete Matos, João Paulo Santos, Kathryn Harries, Mark Shananhan, Della Jones and Uri Cabot. 

She currently teaches singing at the Conservatories of Music of Castelo Branco and of Covilhã (Portugal).

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