We bring to life, in our small auditorium, multimedia daily shows that allow our visitors not only to listen, but also to get to know Fado’s history and essence.
Over the course of an hour, some emblematic Fado themes are played live, along with segments of a short documentary, which revisits, through testimonies of characters tightly associated with this musical genre, some of the key moments in history of Fado, designated, in 2011, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The experience begins with Traditional Fado, the Fado of hoarse voices and careless language, diminished by the country’s aristocracy at the time. Then it explores the mysteries and evolution of the Portuguese Guitar, the faithful companion of all Fado singers. It also passes by Coimbra, the eternal city of students, which, swarming with passion and culture, witnesses the birth of its very own song, that, by the end of the 19th century, would be called Fado de Coimbra. The fourth segment of the show is dedicated to Amália Rodrigues, who brings new poets and gives Fado an unmistakable character and an unprecedent recognition across borders. We finally arrive to the present day and to the fusion of Fado with new contexts, people, musical styles and audiences.
The show takes advantage of the simultaneous translation technology installed in the Fado na Baixa auditorium, which allows visitors to listen to multimedia content in Portuguese, English or French. Other languages will follow soon.
The live Fado interpretation is assured by credited musicians and Fado singers, with verified curriculum in the instrumental and vocal areas of Fado. They give to Fado in the exact measure of what they receive: everything.
Filomena Sousa soon fell in love with Fado. Still young, she won third place in the Grande Noite de Fado da Casa da Imprensa – a prize that led her to performances in the most prestigious Fado houses in the North of Portugal. At the same time, she also shone as an actress of theater, having stepped on some of the most important stages of Oporto. Fado na Baixa is her latest challenge.