Regina Freire is a lyric soprano born in Portugal. She graduated from her Bachelors degree (Hons) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with honours under the tutelage of Susan Waters.
Even though Regina comes from a non-musicians family, she started very early musicianship, piano and choir lessons which helped to blossom her passion for music. She finished Grade eight with distinction in Piano, Organ and Singing.
Regina has won several competitions, including the International Competition of Singing in Fundão (Portugal) in 2013 and 2014, Bomtempo’s Competition (Portugal) 2014 and the National Competition of Singing (Portugal) in 2013 and 14.
Regina performed in the Songs in the City concerts of Portuguese and Brazilian songs, she sang the soprano solo in Midsummer’s Night Dream by Mendelssohn, and the soprano solos in Gloria by Vivaldi, Requiem by Fauré and The Creation and Nelson Mass by Haydn, and Mass in D by Dvorak.
In Opera, Regina has interpreted Sevadilha in Guerras de Alecrim e Mangerona by António T. Silva, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell, Pamina and First Lady in Die Zauberflote by W. A . Mozart, and Micromegas in A trip to the moon by Andrew Norman (UK Premier).
Regina has worked with several orchestras, such as Orchestra XXI and London Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors like Dinis Sousa, Fernando Marinho, Dominick Wheeler, Simon Halsey and Sir Simon Rattle. Regina has also performed in renown concert halls like Sala Suggia in Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal), Theatro Circo (Braga, Portugal) and Barbican Hall (London, UK).
She also worked with renown teachers, as Sarah Walker, Rudolf Piernay, Amand Roocroft, Adrian Thompson, Eugene Asti, Sharon Rostorf, Joan Patenaude-Yarne, Edith Wiens, Susan Bullock, Seigei Leiferkus, Tobias Truniger and Elena Pankratova.
Regina is now a student of the Masters programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is kindly supported by the Hazell Foundation and the Guildhall’s trust.
During the season of 2018/2019, Regina is a member of the ensemble of singers for French Song Exchange at Wigmore Hall, in London, where she works with Dame Felicity Lott and François Le Roux.