Soprano,Teacher, Composer and Producer, Ana Maria Pinto was born in Porto and graduated from the Porto Music Conservatory, Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) and the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK). She received a scholarship from the Walter-Kaminsky Foundation (Munich) for 1 year, and from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for 3 years. Since 2015, he has been developing projects based on Education through Art that aim to connect humans with Nature. At the end of 2016 he created and founded Novaterra, Associação Cultural Arte e Ambiente. In 2020 he created Estúdio Jardim, where musical production merges with artistic residencies in the middle of nature. In 2021 he created his Escola Voz da Terra where vocal technique merges with sensitive, emotional and intuitive technique.
As an opera singer, she developed a very broad repertoire, placing special emphasis on Oratory and Lied. In opera, the roles of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Elle (La voix humaine), Blanche de La Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Musetta (La Bohème), and Kumudha (A flowering tree by John Adams) stand out. In oratory he performed great works such as The Creation by J. Haydn, Exultate Jubilate by Mozart, Ein deutsches Requiem by J. Brahms, Shéhérazade by M. Ravel, 4th Symphony by G. Mahler, Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher by Honnegger, , Chanson de la mer et de l'amour by Chausson, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis by Beethoven, Alfama by Andreia Pinto Correia, The Abyss and the Silence and Shyir by João Pedro Oliveira. In 2021, the operas "Maria Magola" by Francisco Pontes and "Concílio Celeste" by Fátima Fontes premiered.
Ana Maria Pinto worked with several conductors, including Marc Tardue, Cesário Costa, Ferreira Lobo, Lawrence Foster, Joana Carneiro, Michel Corboz, Bertrand de Billy and Simone Young, with the most important Orchestras in the country. Abroad he performed in venues such as the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the National Theater of Kosice (Hungary), the Berlin Cathedral or the Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon, the Konzerthaus in Izmir, Turkey, as well as the Konzerthaus in Rzeszów in Poland. In 2015 he went on a tour with a program dedicated to Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss in South Africa and Namibia with pianistNuno Vieira de Almeida.
She played the role of Cecilia in the film "Casanova Variations", where she starred alongside John Mallkovich and sang with tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
In August 2009, he recorded songs by Fernando Lopes Graça and Viana da Mota with pianist Nuno Vieira de Almeida. In this debut album, the Expresso critic classified soprano Ana Maria Pinto as "a revelation".
He released the album Anterianas in January 2017, dedicated to Antero de Quental with music by Luís de Freitas Branco and Franz Schubert. In November of the same year, he released his first album of original songs Seven Songs for a New Earth, which he performed in Porto, Cologne and Guinea-Bissau. This debut album as a composer would be the launch of Novaterra, Associação Cultural Arte e Ambiente, recently created.
Throughout his adolescence he wrote several songs that won several awards at song festivals in the north of the country. After studying composition for a year at the Porto Conservatory with professor Fernando Lapa, his creative talent became evident. Also influenced by his then musical training and joint class teacher, Luís Manoel Lopes, he felt a call to composition and choral direction. During his years of higher education at ESMAE and UdK he dedicated himself entirely to improving his singing, but in 2014 he resumed musical composition, giving new space to his creative path.
Of his pieces, the two song cycles dedicated to Jorge de Sena (Casa-Museu Teixeira Lopes 2014), "A balada domariner-de-estrada" (Namíbia 2015), "The dance of Xinganje and Kaviula" (2015) stand out. with Orquestra Juvenil da Bonjóia) o Refúgio, The Art of protecting the Forest (Gondomar 2020), Cancioneiro dos Animais (2021) and Cancioneiro das Flores (2022) and "Corpo Amor" (Gondomar, 2022).
Ana Maria Pinto performed several Pedagogical Concerts with the Orquestra do Norte in several primary and secondary schools across the country. As part of the "Opera no Património" project, he held several didactic-pedagogical sessions in primary and secondary schools in the north and center of the country.
In July 2021, Maestro Victorino D'Almeida's work "Gaudeamus" premiered, a magnificent work in which he sang in 29 different languages. He performed the work at the Cine-Teatro Municipal de Elvas (2021), at the Teatro Olga Cadaval in Sintra (2022) and at the Coliseu do Porto (2022).
In May/June 2023, the work "Metamorfoses de Amor" by Sara Ross premiered with the Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, directed by Osvaldo Ferreira, performing a tour of 8 concerts that ended in the mythical Philharmonie hall in Berlin.
In order to promote exchange between classical artists and African musical culture, (Classic meets Africa project), he performed several concerts with African musicians in Portugal, Namibia and Guinea Bissau.
In July 2019 he released his first book, I Know the Size of Eternity. In 2020 he released the double CD "Planeta Azul, Songs for Mother Earth" and the book/CD "Refúgio, The Art of protecting the Forest". In 2021 he launched the "Cancioneiro dos Animais". In 2022 he launched the Musical Books/Albums Cancioneiro das Flores and Imaginário Popular.
With the aim of simplifying, demystifying and extending the practice of singing and the meaning of the voice as an expression of being to everyone, he held several singing workshops, such as "The bases of vocal technique", or "The sensations of the body that sings", between others. At the end of 2021, he held the first course "A Voz da Terra", which led to the creation of Escola Voz da Terra. Always present in the work he develops is the theme of the inner child as a vehicle of expression and liberation.
Since 2016, he has been running Summer Camps for children, combining artistic expression with environmental education and emotional intelligence.
Considered as a vehicle of expansion and self-knowledge and reconnection with Mother Earth, singing is his main working instrument. In 2018, he founded 4 choirs, which come together in concert, continually combining song and movement: the Amayô (mixed choir), the Makawee (female choir), the Kalindi (youth female choir) and the Mensageiros da Natureza (children's choir). The pieces and concepts of Novaterra's concerts are original and have ethnic, poetic, scientific and meditative inspiration.