After four years in medical school, the Brasilian baritone Felipe Oliveira began his studies in music in Maceio, Brazil with Fatima de Brito. After only two months of singing lessons, he won a special prize in the IV Bidu Sayão Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in South America. Following that, he was the male grand prize winner in various Brazilian competitions including the VII Maria Callas Competition and the National Edmar Ferretti Competition. He placed second in the VI Villa-Lobos Competition, and fourth in the IX Trujillo International Festival and Competition of Peru. He also won a special prize in the Brazilian Chamber Art Songs Interpretation Competition. In 2005 he studied singing at the UNESP in San Paolo with Isabel Maresca. He completed his Master of Music at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland as a student of Stephen Robertson and with the support of RSAMD and the Board Association of Royal Conservatories. In 2007 he won the Dewar Arts Award, an award from Carolina Foundation in Spain and was a Samling Artist.
He has participated in various Masterclasses with artists such as Ileana Cotrubas, Sigfried Jerusalem, Thomas Allen, Malcon Martineau, Phillip Langridge, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara e Nelly Miricioiu. In the theater he has sung the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Silvio in Pagliacci, Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title roles in Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, and Eugene Onegin.
As a soloist of sacred works he has sung Handel’s Messiah in Scotland and with the Artistic Orchestra of the University of Berlin in Germany. He has also sung as a soloist in Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata n. 140 and n. 147, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Upcoming events include a concert singing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the role of Antonio and cover of Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Comunale di Modena. Since 2011, he is a student of Mirella Freni at the CUBEC Belcanto Academy.