Gran Teatro Nacional presents digital edition of the Fado Festival 2020 with great stars of the popular Portuguese rhythm

Sara Correia, Fábia Rebordão and Cuca Roseta will offer in streaming a tribute concert for the centenary of Amália Rodrigues, the greatest exponent of Fado, this Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 pm.


Within the framework of the Fado 2020 Festival, the Gran Teatro Nacional of the Ministry of Culture of Peru, in coordination with “Everything is New” and “Alto e Bom Som” from Portugal, will present this Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 a.m. the night, to the renowned Portuguese singers Sara Correia, Fábia Rebordão and Cuca Roseta paying a musical tribute via streaming to Amália Rodrigues, from her house-museum and as part of the celebrations for the 100 years of the legendary fadista’s birth. The concert will be broadcast throughout our country and the world through the Facebook page of the Gran Teatro Nacional.


The success achieved with the presentations made in Lima with Mariza (2017), Katia Guerreiro (2018) and Carminho (2019), motivated the organizers of the Portuguese festival to continue this year with the GTN in a digital way, despite the restrictions and limitations generated by the global health emergency. To keep the feeling and significance of Fado alive, three of the most important figures in Portuguese music were brought together for this tenth edition: Sara Correia, Fábia Rebordão and Cuca Roseta.


People who see Sara Correia on stage will immediately feel the spirit of popular music that drives emotions because she breathes Fado at all times. Her performance proposes the best of Amália Rodrigues, that she sing and enchant again, return to the essence of what the remembered artist did from a young age.


For her part, Fábia Rebordão is considered, unanimously, one of the leading voices of the new Fado. Amália Rodrigues’ cousin began to sing regularly in fado houses and is currently considered the only performer who has “the same bitterness in her voice that always identified Amália”.


Cuca Roseta is another of the acclaimed figures of Fado. Her vocal quality has conquered important stages in the world and, after five record productions in which the signatures of Gustavo Santaolalla and Nelson Motta stand out, the Portuguese singer now presents an album and show entirely dedicated to Amália Rodrigues.


The performance of Correia, Rebordão and Roseta will be mediated by a short lecture by Professor Rui Vieira Nery, who will expose aspects of the artistic life of Amália Rodrigues, a central figure in the history of Fado, a Portuguese musical genre that UNESCO included in 2011 within its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Amália Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1920, into a poor family of immigrants from Beira Baixa, in the interior of Portugal. He began his career in the fado houses of the capital and then made a leap into musical theater and cinema, soon establishing himself as an absolute reference in performing art.


To close the Fado 2020 in our country and the world, the Peruvian public will be able to admire after the concert “El arte de Amália”, a documentary by Bruno de Almeida based on the series “Amália, strange way of life”, which Radio Televisión Portuguesa premiered a few years ago and in which they review the life and trajectory of the diva.


The Fado Festival has managed to consolidate itself in Peru by developing an interesting range of artistic activities, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions that show the cultural wealth of Portugal. Its history begins in Lisbon between 1820 and 1830 with a permanent interaction between music and poetry. In his training process, Afro-Brazilian dances, popular sailor songs, sentimental lounge modinhas, melodies and regional dances practiced by migrants converge.


When he entered the musical theater during the second half of the 19th century, contact with the magazine couplet resulted in the emergence and institutionalization of Fado as a song with proverbs and couplets. In the course of the two World Wars, it received influences from Andalusian art, Brazilian melodies, Argentine tango, Middle Eastern chords, jazz and folk, expanding its spectrum worldwide.


However, this evolution of Fado always coexisted with a strong sense of tradition, transmitting a core repertoire with identity and marking on stage a unique way of singing and feeling.