Carlos Monteiro was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He inherited his father’s musical ability and his mother always encouraged him to pursue his goals and invest in the musical development. Began his musical studies at the Setúbal’s Regional Conservatory, where has studied piano with António Toscano and vocal technique with Silvia Martinho, whom incited him to go further with the vocal studies; simultaneously graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Lisbon’s University.
Developing on the art of singing, with Rute Dutra at the Lisbon’s National Conservatory, was the next step that gave Carlos the certainty that this creative development was something important and essential for him.
In 2013 finished his degree in Singing, with the maximum classification on the final exam, at Lisbon’s Superior School of Music in the class of Luis Madureira.
In 2018 finished his Master studies in Early Music – Singing at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (The Netherlands), in the class of Rita Dams, a person that always inspired him to go beyond the boundaries on the creative mind.
The regular participation in the International Early Music Courses organized by the Lisbon’s Early Music Academy (from 2005 to 2010) gave Carlos Monteiro the opportunity to work regularly with Jill Feldman, one of the people that mostly influenced his development and choices in his musical path, with whom worked vocal technique and style in early/baroque german, italian, english and french repertoire. Has attended private lessons and workshops with Maria Cristina Kiehr, Howard Crook, Susan Waters, Elisabete Matos, João Lourenço, Enza Ferrari, Yvonne Minton, Tom Krause, Catrin Wyn Davies and Noa Frenkel.
In 2007 presented himself at the 1st National Competition in Singing of Official Conservatories – Aveiro, in 2008 at the 2nd edition of the competition Prémio José Augusto Alegria – Évora, in 2010 at the competition of Lyric Singing of the Portuguese Rotary Foundation and in 2011 at the singing competition Luisa Todi – Setúbal, in 2018 at the International Opera Competition of Clermont-Ferrand.
Singing in ensemble was something very important through all his musical development, allowing him to share energies and outcomes with professional and amateur musicians; sang in the chorus of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, of the National Opera Theater São Carlos, in Lisbon, in the chamber choir of Lisbon’s University and in productions of Associação Musical Lisboa Cantat.
Works regularly with La Capella Reial de Catalunya, under the direction of maestro Jordi Savall, and the preparation of Lluis Vilamajó, after his participation on the Academy with the project “Magnificat & Concerti” in 2013, when he also was selected for cover of the tenor soloist.
Is a member of the portuguese ensemble GRUPO VOCAL OLISIPO.
The opportunities to work as a professional soloist started mainly after his concert in the foyer of the National Opera Theater São Carlos in Lisboa, cycle Viagens na Minha Terra II with the cantata A Paz da Europa by João Domingos Bomtempo, under the direction of maestro João Paulo Santos (2012).
Among the productions and CONCERT repertoire that has performed as a soloist, stand out:
.Celebration concert for the Restoration of the 6 Organs of the Royal Basilica of Mafra (2011) and delivery of the Europa Nostra award (2012)
.Tu é a esperança, a madrugada… by J. S. Béreau (2012)
.Missa Grande by Marcos de Portugal (Grupo Vocal Olisipo, 2012; Ensemble MelleoHarmonia, 2016)
.Magnificat by J. S.Bach (Magnificat & Jubilate – Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations (as cover of the tenor soloist, 2013)
.Serenade – Op. 31 (for tenor solo, horn and strings) by B. Britten (2013)
.Swan in Carmina Burana by C. Orff (C.C. Olga Cadaval, Sintra, 2013; Aula Magna, Lisbon, 2014; Lagoa, 2015)
.Pastor in Lauda per la Nativita del Signore by O. Respighi (Lisbon, 2013)
.Tenor in Le Roi David by A. Honegger (Lisbon, 2013)
.Masse C Dur – Op.86 by L. V. Beethoven (Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, Lisbon, 2013)
.Oster-Oratorium, BWV 249 by J. S. Bach (Orquestra XXI, Tournée: Lisboa, Porto, S. João da Madeira e Alcácer do Sal, 2014)
.LiebesLieder Waltzer, Op. 52 and Op. 65 by J. Brahms (Grupo Vocal Olisipo, Óbidos, 2015)
.Zarzuela “Salir el Amor del Mundo” by S. Durón (Ensemble MelleoHarmonia, Lisbon, 2015)
.Messiah by G. F. Handel (Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Faro, 2013; Associação VoxLaci, Estoril, 2015; Scracht Muziekdagen in Leiden, Netherlands, 2017; Sintra Estúdio de Ópera, 2018)
.Johannespassion by J. S. Bach, Tenor arias and Servus (Kamekoor Lamusa, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2017)
.Markuspassion by J. S. Bach (reconstruction by Simon Heighes), evangelist and tenor aria, (Zeist, Netherlands, 2018)
.Requiem by W. A. Mozart (Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, 2019)
In OPERA, his repertoire includes:
.Peppe in Rita by G. Donizetti (2012 – Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, 2012)
.Pierre in A Vingança da Cigana by Leal Moreira (Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, 2013).
.Beppe in Rita by G. Donizetti (Ensemble Contemporaneus, 2014)
.D. Fábio in O Basculho de Chaminé by Marcos de Portugal (Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, 2014)
.Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart (Orquestra Metropolitana, Lisbon, 2015)
.Commissario di Polizia in Il Signor Bruschino by G. Rossini (F. Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2015)
.Basilio/Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart (Orquestra Metropolitana, Lisbon, 2016)
.Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by C. Gounod (OperaTellers version, CisterMúsica, Alcobaça, 2016)
.Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2016)
.Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea by C. Monteverdi (Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag, Netherlands, 2017)
.Catone in Catone in Utica by A. Vivaldi (Den Haag, 2017)
.Ulisse in Penelope la casta, A. Scarlatti (Netherlands, 2017/2018)
.Paride in Il ratto di Helena by Marco Vitale (Vilnius, 2018)
Other PERFORMATIVE projects where Carlos participated as a singer include:
.Musical performance as Abraão in A kills B in CAM, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2012)
.“Ópera na Prisão – D. Giovanni 1003-Leporello 2015” as D. Ottavio, Sociedade Artística Musical dos Pousos, Leiria (2015, 2016)
Carlos Monteiro is one of the co-founders of the company OPERATELLERS.
As a soloist Carlos Monteiro has worked with the conductors: Jean Sebastien-Béreau, Jordi Savall, Yi-Chen Lin, Cesário Costa, João Paulo Santos, Dinis Sousa, Jorge Carvalho Alves, Paul Valk, Pedro Carneiro, Paulo Lourenço, Pedro Amaral, António Lourenço, Myguel Castro, Vera Batista e Élio Murcho.
He participates in several recordings: Fernando Lopes-Graça – a cappella choral work – Associação Musical Lisboa Cantat – CD, edition Numérica; Lux in Tenebris, Obras de Jean-Sébastien Béreau – CD, edition La Mà de Guido; Guerre & Paix – La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall – CD, edition Alia Vox; Os seis orgãos da Basílica de Mafra, DVD, edition RTP; Magnificat & Concerti – La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall – CD/DVD, edition Alia Vox.
His hobbies include reading, cooking, painting and, something essential to him, spending time with the people that he cherishes.