Nélia Gonçalves - Mezzo Soprano

Nélia Gonçalves - AltoMezzo-soprano Nélia Gonçalves is from Pombal, Portugal. She studied under Joaquina Ly at the Conservatory of Coimbra from 2001 to 2008. In 2011 she completed a degree in Performance (Singing), at the University of Aveiro, under António Salgado, where she was also awarded the Prémio Cidade de Aveiro, and in 2013 she concluded her Masters in Music Education (specialising in Singing), at the same institution.

Nélia regularly participates in masterclasses, and has worked with Claire Vangelisti, Susan Waters, Laura Sarti, Brian Gill, Pierre Mak, Elisabete Matos, João Paulo Santos, Kathryn Harries, Mark Shanahan and Della Jones. With the support of the Gulbenkian Foundation, she has participated in a number of ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) workshops, led by Claudio Desderi, Sergei Leiferkus and Larissa Diadkova.

As a soloist, she has performed Liebeslieder (Brahms), and her solo oratorio performances include the Missa Brevis in D minor KV65 (Mozart), Te Deum (Charpentier), Missa de Santa Joana (David Perez), Dixit Dominus (Handel), Laudate Dominum (Lalande), Oratorio de Noel (Saint-Saens), Messiah (Handel), Te Deum (Marcos Portugal), Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Te Deum (António Teixeira), Mass in A flat (D678) (Franz Schubert), Cantata BWV 147 (Bach). She has worked with various conductors, including Vasco Negreiros, Fernando Miguel Jalôto, António Vassalo Lourenço, Laurence Cummings, Luís Carvalho, Brian Mackay, João Paulo Janeiro and Nuno Côrte Real.

Nélia has participated in a number of operas, such as Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell  (2002), Vénus e Adónis by John Blow, singing Cupido (2007), Amor de Perdição by João de Arroyo (2009) and Il Signor Bruschino by Rossini, singing Marianna. She has recently joined the cast of “Dialogue des Carmelites” at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and as part of the Festival Darcos in Torres Vedras, she sang the role of Hansel in the opera “Hansel & Gretel” by Humperdinck (Portuguese adaptation by Alexandre Delgado).

As a choral singer, she has sung with various choirs, including the female voice choir Vox Aetherea (2002-2008) conducted by Alberto Medina de Seiça. In 2013 she participated in the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir, conducted by Kaspars Putnins. She is a principal member of the Coro da Casa da Música, where she has been directed by Paul Hillier, James Wood, Simon Carrington, Andrew Bizants, Kaspars Putnins, Laurence Cummings, Christoph König, Andrew Parrott and Peter Rundel.

Nélia currently teaches Singing at the Escola Diocesana de Música Sacra, at the Academia Norton de Matos em Coimbra, and at the Conservatoires of Castelo Branco and Covilhã.  She also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Coimbra.