Join Mariza when she returns to New Bedford to celebrate her 20th anniversary as a recording artist, with an inspired repertoire firmly rooted in classical and contemporary fado.
No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, performing on the most prestigious stages, receiving rave reviews from the most demanding music critics, and partnering with distinguished musicians from Sting to Carlos do Carmo. Join Mariza when she returns to New Bedford to celebrate her 20th anniversary as a recording artist, with an inspired repertoire firmly rooted in classical and contemporary fado.
In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the International Music circuit.
It all started with her first CD, Fado em Mim, released in 2001, which quickly led to a number of highly successful international presentations. Her career now proceeded with even greater success than ever, with multi-platinum album releases, and appearances on some of the most important stages in the world: the Paris Olympia, the Frankfurt Opera, the London Royal Festival Hall, the Amsterdam Le Carré, the Barcelona Palau de la Música, the Sydney Opera House, the New York Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, which featured a stage setting especially designed for her by the great architect Frank Gehry.
In the past twelve years, Mariza has long passed the stage of a mere exotic episode in the World Music scene, ready to be replaced by whatever new colorful phenomenon appears in another geographic corner of the recording industry’s market. She proved to be a major international artist, strongly original and immensely gifted, from whom much is yet to be expected in the future. The young girl from Mozambique, raised in the popular Lisbon neighborhood of Mouraria, has mastered the roots of her musical culture and developed into a universal artist who is able to open herself to the world without ever losing her Portuguese identity. Portuguese and International audiences are the first to acknowledge this triumph and pay her back with unlimited love and gratitude.
Mariza’s latest album, titled “Mariza,” is out now.