Alberto Sousa was born in Madeira, Portugal. He graduated in Vocal Studies at UA with António Salgado and has recently finished the GSMD Opera Course. As an alumnus of the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto (2012) he recorded a CD of Italian songs produced by Richard Bonynge, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Georg Solti. Other recordings include the first modern performance of David Perez's Missa de Santa Joana.
Critics have described him as a “bright but unforced tenor” (Musical Pointers) “whose clear, clean tenor was the best voice of the evening” (Opera Magazine), and as “someone with bel canto potential” (Opera Britannia) and an “excellent enunciation” (Classical Source).
As his bachelor thesis, Alberto has edited an early 19th century Vespers cycle by Marcos Portugal, studying classical/early romantic ornamentation and the continuo-obbligato evolution process.
Q&A with Alberto Sousa
Puccini, I don't think anyone writes for the tenor voice as well as he did.
How do you handle nerves before a performance?
If I'm healthy and know the part well, I don't get very nervous before opera. Auditions, in the other hand...
A well paid one. And, of course, Rodolfo in Bohème, which I would sing for free.