BáRbara Barradas

BáRbara Barradas

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

The title role - played by the incredibly young Bárbara Barradas she was fascinated from the first moment vocally and dramatically. What her colleagues gradually work throughout their careers, it is convincingly already audible and visible pronounc
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«German: (..)Diese Oper zählt zu den Höhepunkte des frühen 19. Jhs. und verlangt mindestens 4 überragende Sängerpersönlichkeiten. Sie kommen aus 4 verschiedenen Ländern und waren hochkarätig. Die Titelrolle, besetzt mit der unglaublich jungen Bárbara Barradas (aus Portugal), bereits (!) Preisträgerin bei Grandi Voci 2013, faszinierte vom ersten Augenblick an stimmlich und darstellerisch. Was sich ihre Kollegen mit Laufe einer Karriere allmählich erarbeiten, ist bei ihr schon überzeugend hörbar und sichtbar ausgeprägt. Die Partie verlangt nicht wenig von ihr: C, Cis, D, einmal Es! Die Duette mit der hörenswerten Alisa (Natsumi Uschi aus Japan) sind ein wahrer Ohrenschmaus. Es wäre müßig, Details zu würdigen; nehmt alles nur allem: besser kann man kaum mehr singen. Solch ein künftiger Weltstar ist natürlich eine Herausforderung für alle, besonders für ihren Partner Edgardo. (…) English: This opera is one of the Opera highlights of the early 19th century and requires at least four excellent singers. They come from four different countries and were fantastic. The title role - played by the incredibly young Bárbara Barradas (de Portugal), already winner of the prize Grandi Voci 2013 (!) - she was fascinated from the first moment vocally and dramatically. What her colleagues gradually work throughout their careers, it is convincingly already audible and visible pronounced in her performance. The role requires nothing less than: C, C#, D, an Eb! The duets with the worthy to be heard Alisa (Natsumi Uchi, Japan) are a real feast for the ears. It would be futile to give more details because, in short: you can not sing better. A future superstar, thus, of course is a challenge for everyone, especially for her colleague Edgardo. [...]»
Der Neue Merker 2015 (2017)
«"BÁRbara è un talento puro" - Soprano Mara Zampiere»
Radio Interview - Antena 2 (portugal) - 2006 (2017)
«"Barbara Barradas is undoubtedly a name for the future. She has all the stage presence, vocal skill and musical soul of a true operatic star and her ability to draw in a crowd with her exquisite performances is always thrilling to experience. I am especially proud to have her as one of the featured artists of Classical Kicks (my classical music brand) and look forward to watching her bright future unfold."»
Lizzie Ball
Violinist and Vocalist for Jeff Beck
Concertmaster for Nigel Kennedys Orchestra of Life
Creative Founding Director of Classical Kicks (2017)
«"Ms. Barradas convinced us with an exceptional stage presence, a messa di voce that after Caballe was barely to find and with an enormous sensitivity for style in the Belcanto repertoire. She is a born singer keeping up the old traditions of the Belcanto school with a round and beautiful voice. We are very looking forward to cooperate with this outstanding artist in Lucia di Lammermoor 2015!"»
2017Britten: Peter GrimesPeter Grimes
2015Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia Di Lammermoor
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBarbarina
2015Verdi: MacbethDama di Lady Macbeth
2015Bellini: La SonnambulaAmina
2014Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2014Rossini: Il viaggio a ReimsDelia
2013Bizet: CarmenFrasquita
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2011Bellini: I Capuleti e I MontecchiGiulietta
2011Massenet: ManonManon Lescaut
2011Bellini: I PuritaniElvira Walton
2011Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailKonstanze
2011Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2011Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierSophie
2011Donizetti: Don PasqualeNorina
2011Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreAdina
2011Donizetti: Linda di ChamounixLinda
2011Donizetti: La fille du régimentMarie
2009Verdi: RigolettoGilda
2009Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigin der Nacht
2009Bernstein: West Side StoryMaria
2005Mozart: Don GiovanniZerlina


Bárbara Barradas, young Lyric-coloratura Soprano from Lisbon, described as a “pure talent” and “an outstanding artist, a born singer (…) with a round and beautiful voice, an exceptional stage presence, and a messa di voce that after Caballe was barely to find” - Ingo Kolonerics Intendant Opera im Berg Festival. Recently made her Debut in Salzburg with Lucia – Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti - in Oper im Berg Festival, in which she was praised and very well received by the critiques and the audience.
Her young career already includes roles as Lucia - (Lucia di Lammermoor) – Oper Im Berg Festival in Salzburg, OHP (cover) in London and also at De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam (ENOA Workshop); Gilda (Rigoletto); Branca (Tição Negro by Augusto Machado); Susanna (ENOA) and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro)- F. C. Gulbenkian, with Paul McCreesh (conductor); A Fada - (La Fèe) in the portuguse version of Cendrillon - by Pauline Viardot at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon; Frasquita (Carmen) - UK; Amore (Serenata “L’Endimione” by N. Jommelli) with Divino Sospiro Orchestra; Delia (Il Viaggio a Reims) – TNSC; Princesa (O Gato das Botas) – TNSC; Donna Anna e Zerlina (D.Giovanni); Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte); Emmie- (Albert Herring), Maria (WSS); Bellinda (Dido & Aeneas).
    In the summer of 2016, Bárbara was the guest singer for the end of the Season Concert of F. C. Gulbenkian Orchestra, and at Almada Music Festival, (also with Gulbenkian Orchestra); with Divino Sospiro she sang at Festival Terras sem Sombra; she was invited to sing at Dias da Musica no CCB – “From Gounod until Messiaen-100 years of Mélodie” – , and also in recitals of Palácio da Pena in Sintra - both events with the conductor João Paulo Santos. She sang Soprano I - C minor Mass – Mozart in UK; and she is guest soprano of Classical Kick’s in London. 

She sang at various Opera Galas: in St James Theatre (London); Verdi Gala at Teatro Nacional São Carlos in Lisbon; with Orquestra do Algarve in CCB ; at Luísa Todì Theatre with the Metropolitana Orquestra of Lisbon at the Gala of the 70th anniversary of the Tenor Carlos Guilherme; at Tivoli Theatre and in Campo Pequeno; with the Orquestra do Clássica do Centro; with Clonter Opera Farm Music Trust (UK) and at De Singel (Antwerp).

    Future engagements include once again the role of Lucia - Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti, at Meiningen Theatre in Germany; Nice1 in Peter Grimes at TN São Carlos (Lisbon); she will be Ines di Castro in Inês de Castro by Giuseppe Giordani at Festival de música de Alcobaça (Portugal) with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra (OSP) and the conductor João Paulo Santos, with whom she will record it in CD; Bárbara will also record Las Siete Palabras de Cristo en la Cruz by Garcia Fajer and Joaquim dos Santos’s Stabat Mater, which will be debuted in Guimarães (Portugal) with the Baroque Orchestra Divino Sospiro.
    Bárbara studied piano and voice at the Nacional Conservatoire of Music in Lisbon . At the age of 20, she won a scholarship by Gulbenkian Foundation to study in GSMD in London, completing her Bmus and Mmus in Vocal Studies with Distinction. She joined Flandres Operastudio and WIAV. Took part in the Masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Enza Ferrari; Mara Zampiere, Ann Murray, Graham Johnson, Dennis O’Neill, Sarah Walker, Nelly Miricioui, Tom Krause, amongst others. She won several prizes and scholarships: F.C. Gulbenkian, Vasconcellos award, City of London Corporation; Bocage Prize in Concurso de Canto Lírico Luísa Todi, Audience Award in 1 st Concurso Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa, 3rd Prize in International Rotary Opera Contest, 3rd Prize, the Lieder Prize and the Audience Prize in 5º Concurso Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa, 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the 7ºConcurso Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa, Donizetti Prize (Performance as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2015) at Grandi Voci competition in Salzburg; and 1st Prize at Jovens Classicos Competition 2013 at Forum Luísa Todi – Portugal.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Britten: Peter Grimes Peter Grimes TNSC 2017
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia Di Lammermoor Immediately 2015
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Barbarina 24 hours 2015
Verdi: Macbeth Dama di Lady Macbeth 24 hours 2015
Bellini: La Sonnambula Amina No 2015


Bocage Prize - Concurso Nacional Luisa Todí - Portugal
Scholarship - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Scholarship - Vasconcellos award (GSMD)
Scholarship - City of London Corporation
2nd Prize at Guildhall Aria Award Competition
Audience Award - 4º Concurso de Canto Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa - Lisbon
3rd Prize in International Rotary Opera Contest, at Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Lisbon
3rd Prize, Song Prize and Audience Award in 5º Concurso de Canto Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa - Lisbon
(She was choosen to compete in the finals of Leyla Gencer competition)
1st Prize and Audience Award in 7º Concurso de Canto Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa at CCB in Lisbon
Donizetti Prize (Performance as Lucia – Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti) – Grandi Voci in Salzburg
1st Prize at Jovens Classicos Competition at Forum Luísa Todi – Portugal