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Maria Armanda

(N. 1 January, 1942 - M. January, 1942)

A remarking career of over three decades, starting when she won “Noite de Fados da Casa da Imprensa in 1968 (which allowed her to record her first album; her discography today comprehends over 20 phonographic editions).

In 1981 she wins the Ary dos Santos Award given by Casa da Imprensa to the best interpreter of this author’s themes. In 2001, she wins the Career Award of Casa da Imprensa, honouring her artistic versatility and the number of phonographic editions of renowned quality.

Along the years she divided her performances between prestigious fado houses, roles in vaudeville theatre at Parque Mayer, national shows and international tours (from the U.S.A. to Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Switzerland and France).

Regarding her international prestigious adventures we highlight:

In 1976 she stays in Brazil for 14 months in a row on multiple tours through several Brazilian states; in 1977 she appears in Coração and Venezuela, with known names such as Max and Argentina Santos; in the 1980s, she often travels to Canada and California.

During the 1980, she also owned a fado house: “Malhoa”.

The 1980s were marked by multiple CD recordings.

Beginning the new century, Maria Armanda was invited as a music attraction to the vaudeville play “Tem Palavra a Revista”, at Parque Mayer.

In 2001 she became a member of the group “Entre Vozes”, performing in several shows in Portugal and abroad, and releasing three CDs.”

Maria Armanda was also part of the project “Quatro Cantos”, along with Teresa Tapadas, António Pinto Basto and José da Câmara, and they performed before audiences throughout the country.

In 2016, releases “O Fado de Maria Armanda”, where we can find a compilation of some of her greatest hits.



Brief presentation biography given to Museu do Fado by C2E.


  • Rosa Livre Maria Armanda (J. Dias / José António Sabrosa)