A native of Lisbon, Hugo Oliveira studied at Lisbon's Escola Superior de Música and later on at The Hague Royal Conservatory, supported by a scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
In 2009, Hugo Oliveira won the first prize in the III Competition of the Portuguese Rotary Foundation as well as at the Stichting Nederlands Vocalisten Presentatie in The Netherlands. He was also finalist of the London Bach Society Competition (2008) and the 3rd prize in the Luisa Todi Singing Competition (2011).
Hugo’s collaboration with the Porto Opera Studio had him appear in such productions as Benedetto Marcello’s Joaz directed Richard Gwilt, Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrige (as Lucas), with Jeff Cohen, and Heinz-Karl Gruber’s Frankenstein!, under the guidance of Pierre-André Valade. Later on, in 2006, Hugo performed Gruber’s opera once again at the Barbican Centre in London, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth.
Hugo Oliveira also performed Catalani's La Wally (Pedone) and Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila (2e. Philistin), both under Giuliano Carella and R. Wagner's Lohengrin (Dritte Edler), under Jaap van Zweden at the prestigious NPS series in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2010, he sung the tittle role in Un Retour by Oscar Strasnoy, at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence, under Roland Harabaydian. Also from Oscar Strasnoy, Hugo Olveira performed "Le bal" (Georges) under Anu Tali, at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Further operatic performances include Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) in Porto's Coliseu under Young-min Park, Milhaud’s Les malheurs d’Orphée (Orphée) at Paris’ Cité de la Musique, António Chagas Rosa’s Melodias Estranhas under Stephan Asbury, Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (David), Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges (Fauteuil), under Wayne Marshall in Concertgebouw, Purcell's Dido and Eneas (Eneas), John Blow's Venus and Adonis (Adonis), Destouches' Le Carnaval et La Folie (Momus) and Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo (Anima Dannata) with L'Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar).
Within the realm of oratorio, his repertoire includes works from the baroque to contemporary, such as Mozart's Requiem de Mozart with Gulbenkian Orchestra under Michel Corboz, Liszt's Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth, with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Brahms' Requiem under Marcus Creed, Stravinsky's Pulcinella (Martin Andrè) and Les Noces (Rob Vermeulen) and Gubaidulina's Jetzt immer Schnee with the AskolSchönberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw.
Hugo Oliveira as also performed with Jordi Saval (Les Concert des Nations), Jos van Veldhoven (Nederlands Bach Society), Joana Carneiro (Portuguese Symphony Orchestra), Paul Dombrecht (Il Fondamento), Enrico Onofri (Divino Sospiro), Bruno Weil (Wallfisch Band), Klaas Stok (Concerto d'Amsterdam), Gabriel Garrido (Ensemble Elyma), Keneth Weiss, Nigel North, Lawrence Cummings and Christophe Rousset.www.hugo-oliveira.com Sat October 20th, 8.00 p.m., Ev. Heilig Kreuz