Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of the precursors of the new generation of Fado and heir to the great tradition of male Fado singers in Lisbon.
A professional Fado singer since the age of 17, his versatile career has led him to sing in Fado houses as well as concerts in Portugal and abroad, participating in TV shows and documentaries, and in major record projects and main Fado events.
Among these are the tributes to Amália Rodrigues in Lisbon, Porto, Café Luso and National Pantheon; the show Sol y Luna - Flamenco y Fado by the Compañia de Danza Siglo XXI with whom he toured Europe in 2000 and 2001; or Mario Pacheco’s show Clube de Fado - A Música e a Guitarra at Queluz Palace in June 2005, where he shared the stage with Mariza, Camané, Mísia and Ana Sofia Varela, from which a CD/DVD was recorded and edited worldwide by World Connection – distinguished by Songlines Magazine as the best of 2005 in World Music. For its international launch, Rodrigo later performed with Mariza in The Hague.
Rodrigo Costa Félix has a vast concert experience, having performed in Portugal’s main venues (São Carlos Theatre, São João and São Luís theatres, Lisbon and Porto Coliseums, CCB, Aula Magna, etc) as well as internationally in important markets like the US, England, Canada, France, Spain, Benelux, Italy, Germany, Poland, Tunisia and China, among others.
Rodrigo was one of the guest singers for the documentary TV series Trovas Antigas, Saudade Louca made by RTP in 2011.
His first solo album, Fados d’Alma (2008), very well received by the critics and Fado aficionados, was produced by Mario Pacheco and had introductory notes by Adriana Calcanhotto. There he sang poets like Fernando Pessoa and Vinícius de Moraes, classics such as Vendaval, Guitarra Triste and Minha Rua or compositions by Mario Pacheco and Fontes Rocha like Soneto da Fidelidade or Balada ao Meu Amor.
His new CD, Fados de Amor, released in Portugal in May 2012, holds several original songs, special collaborations and duets. Rodrigo himself wrote the lyrics for two songs. The other lyrics are by poets like Tiago Torres da Silva, who wrote two poems for this album specifically, and classics such as Guerra Junqueiro and Pedro Homem de Melo as well as versions of classics like Max’ Rosinha dos Limões, Manuel de Almeida’s Como te quis e te quero and Carlos Ramos’s O teu olhar.
Among the several original songs, a special note for the CD’s first single, Amigo Aprendiz, composed specially for Rodrigo by Tiago Bettencourt, considered by prestigious American magazine “The Atlantic” as one of the best ballads worldwide of 2012. On the duets side, there is great complicity with famous Fado singer Kátia Guerreiro in Morena and an exquisite musical warmth with emerging Angolan singer composer Aline Frazão in Fado Contido, a great theme by Ana Geraldo and Rogério Charraz.
In Fados de Amor and in his concerts, Rodrigo Costa Félix is accompanied by Marta Pereira da Costa, the only female professional Portuguese guitar player in Fado in Portugal.
The tour Fados de Amor began with a sold out CCB (Centro Cultural de Belém), then Rodrigo’s performance at Madrid’s 2nd Fado Festival, followed by concerts in Oporto, Aveiro, Moledo, Estoril (FIARTIL) and several other private events.
This year Rodrigo has already performed in Madrid, Toronto and Paris. In the following months there will be several other concerts in Portugal, and also in Brazil and the United States.
Together with his wife Marta, he was chosen by famous Spanish brand Cortefiel to be part of their Fall-Winter international collection called “Talented People”.
In June 2013 Rodrigo and Marta staged their new concert No Fado e na Vida (In Fado and in Life) at one of Lisbon’s main venues, the Tivoli theatre.
Rodrigo Costa Felix has just been announced as 2013 winner of the Amalia Rodrigues Award for Best Album with 'Fados de Amor'!