Portuguese artists flood London’s West End

in News · 11-09-2010 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Two Portuguese artists have been chosen to play the lead roles in two of London’s most famous musicals, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.

Guimarães-born Sofia Escobar will play Christine Daaé in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning play ‘Phantom of the Opera’ after having been the lead actress’s understudy in 2007-2008.
Last year Miss Escobar was nominated for an Olivier award for her participation in West Side Story.
‘Phantom of the Opera’ is widely considered one of London’s West End’s most successful plays, after Les Misérables.
It opened 24 years ago, in 1986, with Sarah Brightman in the starring role of Christine.
Lisbon-born Ricardo Afonso is set to play Galileo, the main character in Ben Elton’s ‘We Will Rock You’, having been part of the cast since 2007, when he joined as a member of the cast.
Ricardo Afonso returns to the West End after a year out singing on the concert circuit, performing at several highly-acclaimed events, such as the ‘A Night of a 1000 voices’, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Portuguese Madalena Alberto is currently in Southampton on tour with ‘Les Misérables’, in which she plays Fantine.
Also presently performing in London are three more Portuguese singers, soprano Susana Gaspar, who plays Mimi, the main character in ‘La Bohème’, a production by the British Youth Opera. She is joined by fellow nationals Leonel Pinheiro, understudy of the main character Rodolfo in ‘La Bohème’, and Cátia Moresco who is part of the cast of ‘Euridice’, also produced by the British Youth Opera.


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