The Portuguese baritone André Baleiro was born in Lisbon where he began his piano and vocal studies at the age of 10 at Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa. After completing his degree in Choral Conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Baleiro moved to Berlin to study Voice at the University of the Arts under the tuition of Siegfried Lorenz and Markus Brück, and he deepened his skills in the interpretation of Lied with Axel Bauni and Eric Schneider. Moreover, he has attended masterclasses with acclaimed singers such as Tom Krause, Ian Bostridge, Lorenzo Regazzo and José van Dam.
Baleiro has established himself as an award-winning performer having won the 17th International R. Schumann Competition in Zwickau, 9th Rotary Foundation Singing Competition in Lisbon, as well as being awarded the prize for most promising talent at the prestigious Das Lied competition in Heidelberg and the Theodor-Heuss-Kulturpreis in Schwetzingen.
His opera roles include Tarquinius in “The Rape of Lucretia” at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” and the title role of Kaspar Hauser in an opera with libretto by Dominik Wilgenbus and music by Franz Schubert at the Kammeroper München, Don Parmenione in “L’occasione fa il ladro” in Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, Conte Belfiore in “Fra due litiganti” and Capitaine in “Les trois souhaits”at Uni.T (Theater der Universität der Künste Berlin).
Baleiro’s concert performance highlights include “Gurre-Lieder” by Schönberg at Casa da Música in Porto, Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and “St. John Passion” at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” at Salle Métropole in Lausanne, and Fauré’s “Requiem” at the festival La Folle Journée in Nantes and in Tokyo.
Being also a keen recitalist, Baleiro performs as a Lied interperter, and also premiering new works by composers such as Luca Lombardi, Michael Pelzel, Cyrill Schürch, Vasco Mendonça, Edward Luiz Ayres d'Abreu and Caio Facó.
He was a scholarship recipient of the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hannover and of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.