Biography

Who is Carlos Fidalgo...

Carlos was born in Leon, Spain. When he was 11 he went to study in Madrid and there became a member of the choir of the school singing as an alto, since then singing has been a very important part of his life.

When Carlos went back to Leon he begun to assist to the Coro Universitario de Leon rehearsals and soon became a member. Now as a member, he started to sing a wide number of works with repertoire from very early times like; Des Pres, Victoria, Palestrina, Monteverdi to the modern era with composers like MAurice Durufle, Claude Debussy, Cristobal Halfter, Claudio Prieto, obviously passing through the great choral works like; Bach’s Matthaus Passion, Haendel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem and many more.

There was a moment that Carlos remembered as a special time when he performed as a chorist (and always in the Coro Universitario de Leon) Cavalleria Rusticana. This Opera in particular gave him the desire to become a singer and later to make one of the most important decisions in his life, to became an Opera Singer.

In his first years of studies Carlos remained in Leon studying with the soprano Yolanda Montousse but his curiosity to learn to sing properly and quickly made him abandon Spain and to move to Switzerland. There Carlos studied with Richard Levitt a former teacher of 30 years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where Carlos familiarized with early music and Renaisance and Barroc repertoire. Even if he tried to get into the Schola, soon and thanks to this teacher he knew that his voice was destined to another kind of repertoire.

Due to the hazard or fake or just luck at the time Carlos met a romantic opera teacher in France called Jean Pierre Blivet and decided to move to France. With him Carlos begun to appreciate the quality of normal singing and fell in love with who is still his “hero”: Franco Corelli. Of course Carlos likes many other great singers like Bjorling, Gigli, Cappuccilli, Bastianini, Zancanaro, Kraus, Fleta but still Corelli really makes him to thrill, maybe because nowadays we are lucky and we have the opportunity to hear some recordings to remember and to try to learn from what Carlos’ point of view, are the golden era of lyric singing.

For a long period Carlos was working with this teacher but realised that if he wanted to learn more, and further improve his technique he had to move and to find out and compare ideas and different ways of understanding the art of how to sing.

Then he moved to UK and star having lessons with a Belgium Bass-baritone in Brussells called Nicholas Christou who clear his mind about many wrong ideas and put him in the right way. Carlos still considers this teacher as his saviour.

Since Carlos moved to UK his career has develop considerably and he has had the opportunity to study and to work with some of the most important and relevant musicians and colleagues at some great venues such as:

Venues

  • National Opera Studio thanks to a generous grant gave by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
  • Scottish Opera, English National Opera
  • Kentish Opera
  • Opera en Plein Air (France)
  • Teatro de Mahon (Spain)
  • Teatro de la Zarzuela
  • Mecklenburg State Theatre
  • Tianqiao Theatre

Singers

  • Gwyn Hughes-Jones
  • Claire Rutter
  • David Kempster
  • Laurent Naouri
  • Werner van Mechelen
  • Laure Meloy
  • Ignacio Encinas
  • Anne Mason
  • Antonio Gandia
  • Louise Callinan
  • Simon Orfila
  • Dario di Vietri
  • Francesca Ruospo
  • Roland Wood
  • Theresa Goble
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Damian Whiteley
  • Ricardo Estrada
  • Mike Pugh
  • Eugene Asti
  • Michele d’Elia
  • Achile Lampo
  • Tobias Rinborg
  • Derek Clark
  • Stuart Stratford
  • Jacques Blanc
  • Debora Waldman
  • Morag Mclaren
  • Bridgitta Roy
  • Selina Cadell
  • Eugenia Corbacho
  • Martin Lloyd-Evans
  • Rossana Rinaldi
  • Carsten Wittmoser
  • Rodrigo Esteves
  • Maite Alberola

Carlos has been a professional singer since 2009 and he is still developing and learning how to make his voice more mature, attractive and interesting, singing new roles and accepting new challenges.