Elisabete Matos was born in Braga, Portugal, where she studied singing and violin at the local conservatory. Later, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she finished her studies at the Madrid School of Singing with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation.
She was awarded several prizes at singing competitions, including second place at the Belvedere Vienna Singing Competition.
Ms. Matos has sung Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos, Las Palmas and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria; Chimène in Jules Massenet’s Le Cid at the Maestranza de Sevilla and Washington Opera; Alice Ford (Falstaff) at the Hamburg Staatsoper; the leading role in Antón García Abril’s Divinas Palabras at the reopening of Madrid’s Teatro Real, next to Placido Domingo; Dolly alongside José Carreras on a new production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly with the Washington Opera, Nice and Tokio, a role she would also perform with Mr. Domingo at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera; the title role in Margarita la Tornera in Madrid’s Teatro Real, once more with Mr. Domingo; Elsa in Lohengrin on her debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Mimì in La Bohème in Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos and Oporto; La Voix Humaine in Seville’s Maestranza; Zazà in Turin’s Teatro Regio and Opéra de Nice; Elisabetta in a new production of Don Carlo in Madrid’s Teatro Real, Sao Carlos de Lisbon and Palermo, Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, in Catania and Teatro Real de Madrid; Freia in Rheingold in Turin, Festival de las Palmas and Liceu; the title role in Suor Angelica at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts; the leading female rol in Tosca in Cyprus (with the Arena di Verona), Venice’s La Fenice, Oporto, Bellini di Catania, Messina, Tokio, Sao Carlos de Lisboa, Maestranza de Sevilla and at Macerata’s Festival, La Vida Breve in Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos; Lisa, from Battaglia di Legnano in Massimo Bellini de Catania; Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon and Liceu in Barcelona; Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer at Naples’ Teatro de San Carlo, Maestranza de Sevilla and Teatro Real de Madrid; Katia Kabanova and Els Pirineus at Barcelona’s Liceu; Madame Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmelites in her debut at Milan’s La Scala (conducted by Riccardo Muti); the title role of Tomás Bretón La Dolores in Madrid’s Teatro Real; Gutrune in Götterdämerung at Barcelona’s Liceu and at Palau de les Arts de Valencia (conducted by Zubin Metha); Rosa in Gaudí at Barcelona’s Liceu; Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera in Naples and Bari; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in Naples and Lisbon; Nabucco’s Abigaille in Toulon; the title role in Norma at the Merida’s Classical Festival and in Jerez de la Frontera; Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Barcelona’s Liceu, the title role in Ifigénie en Tauride at Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo and Liceu de Barcelona, Gioconda in Tokio and in Rome, Turandot at Antwerp, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santiago de Chile, Berlin, Toulouse and Palau de les Arts (conducted by Lorin Maazel), Les Troyens (Casandra) also in Palau de les Arts de Valencia (conducted by Valery Gergiev), Irene, from Wagner’s Rienzi at New York, Boston and Liceu de Barcelona, and Lady Macbeth at Opera National du Rhin.
She has debuted Isolda (Tristan and Isolda) at Campoamor de Oviedo and made successfully her debut at Viena as Abigaille (Nabucco) and at Los Angeles Opera as Senta, conducted by Conlon. After her huge success as Minnie (Fanciulla del West) at Metropolitan Opera House in 2011, she returned in 2012 for Nabucco’s Abigaille and in 2013 for Tosca. Conducted by the great maestro Daniel Oren she has recently sung Tosca at Daeugu (Korea) and Turandot at Beijing.
Next engages include Gioconda at Chile, Nabuco’s Abigail at Lisboa (Sao Carlos) and Lohengrin at Berlin and Paris.
Ms. Matos is also a frequent guest of various concert halls. Her concert repertory goes from Bach to contemporary music, including lieder and symphony. She was recently invited to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Cagliari (conducted by Lorin Maazel) and Madrid (conducted by López Cobos), Manuel de Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Baremboim, Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder and a concert complete with Mozart arias with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. She’s also a frequent guest of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Teatro de São Carlos, both in Lisbon, where she starred next to José Cura on a gala performance.
Her recordings include von Suppé’s Requiem with the Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Michel Corboz (Virgin Classics), as well as the title role in La Dolores for Decca (with Placido Domingo), for which she was awarded a Grammy in 2000. Ms. Matos has also recorded the title role in Chapí’s Margarita la Tornera, also with Placido Domingo (RTVE label), and El Sombrero de Tres Picos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Baremboim and Les Troyens conducted by Valeri Gergiev. In March 2001, she was one of the singers chosen by conductor Zubin Mehta to perform at the concert given on the 100th anniversary of Verdi’s passing away.
Elisabete Matos recebeu a condecoração de Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique pelo Presidente da República Portuguesa, Doutor Jorge Sampaio; foi galardoada com a Medalha de Ouro de Mérito Artístico da Cidade de Guimarães, pelo Senhor Presidente da Câmara, Doutor António Magalhães, foi condecorada Grande-Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique pelo Exmo. Senhor Presidente da República Portuguesa, Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva. É detentora de vários prémios em concursos nacionais e internacionais, tais como o Concurso de Canto Luísa Todi, o Belvedere de Viena, entre outros. Recebeu também o prémio de final de curso Lola Rodriguez Aragón, o prémio Lyons da Lírica Italiana, o prémio Femina 2012 e o prémio Voz do Ano 2012. Acaba de receber a Medalha de Mérito Artístico, otorgada pela Secretaria de Estado da Cultura. Elisabete Matos received the medal of “Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique” from the old President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaio and with the one of “Grande-Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique” from President of the Portuguese Republic Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva. She was also awarded with the Artistic Merit Gold Medal of the City of Guimarães from the Lord Mayor, António Magalhães.
She won several awards in national and international competitions such as the Singing Contest Luisa Todi, the Belvedere in Vienna, among others. He also received the final award of course Lola Rodriguez Aragon, the Lyons Award Italian Lyrical, the Femina Prize in 2012 and the Voice of the Year award in 2012.
Last year, she received the Medal of Artistic Merit from Portuguese Ministry of Culture.