Charmaine Fidalgo-Cortis is a lyric Soprano from Malta. In February 2008, She moved to NJ,USA where she united in marriage with Manuel Fidalgo.
Mrs. Fidalgo-Cortis completed her course of studies at the State Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, namely "Pancho Vladigerov" under the tuition of Prof. Blagovesta Karnobatlova Dobreva, graduating with Honors.
Charmaine has made various successful appearances on the concert platform during recitals accompanied on the piano and /or orchestra/string quartet. Some of these performances were staged by highly established organizations in Malta, as well as overseas, which include sacred and secular concerts given in the UK, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland , Belgium, Italy and Bulgaria. She has also participated as a chorister/ "particella" / secondary role singer in multiple and various fully staged operatic productions. Before she moved to the USA she regularly sang with "Collegium Musicum" Cathedral Choir ,also a a soloist .
Her singing credits include the concerts at the President's Palace, a number of sacred concerts to the accompaniment of the prestigious church organ and /or to the accompaniment of the harp at St. John's Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital city, Valletta, as well as Gala performances, Mozart's Requiem, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Mozart’s Mass in D , all held at the Manoel National Theatre, Malta. And Mgr. Benigno Zerafa's Mass in D , a major work for SATB soloists and 8part chorus and orchestra, held at Mdina Cathedral (Malta's ancient city)
Charmaine had a first taste of stage production in 1995, when she understudied Maltese soprano Lydia Caruana in the leading role of Josephine in Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. During that same year she successfully participated in "Melita Rossiya" a Russian lyrical singers’ competition on a National basis, in which she placed a first runner up in the overall classification.
A variety of musical styles, be it Classical or Baroque Sacred Music, such as Cantata , oratorio and Mass, as well as Viennese Operetta, French Lyric opera, Italian Bel Canto and Verism, German ,Russian and Czech Opera all form part of her wide and versatile singing repertoire. Yet Charmaine feels equally at home with contemporary music. Being a devoted recitalist Charmaine’s talents embrace everything from Romantic Lieder, complex works by Spanish , Russian, French, Czech , Welsh, Maltese and Bulgarian composers to the gentler melodies of ballads and musicals. Her fluency in several languages enables her to bring an understanding to her performance, hence she sings with ease and creates an atmosphere of relaxation to her audience.