The Phantom of the Opera star has released her debut album Canção, featuring 22 songs celebrating the music of her home in Portugal.

As The Phantom of the Opera’s longest serving Carlotta, playing the role more than 1680 times over six years, Lara Martins now releases her debut album.

Despite lockdown and having to look after her two small children, the album has been created in the last year and pays tribute to the music from her home in Portugal. Titled Canção, the album includes songs such as ‘Balada para un Loco’, ‘Abandono’ and ‘Oblivion’.

Her debut record also features the first complete recording of Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri’s 13 love songs ever made.

Lara Martins moved to the UK to study opera at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, joining the London company of The Phantom of the Opera in 2012. She has performed in operas across the world including roles such as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Cunegonde in Candide (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon).

Talking about the album, Martins described it as: “A reflection of the society in which it is found, this repertoire also represents a collective identity, acting as a link in the intercultural chain. With this principle in mind, and with my own cultural roots as a starting point, I decided to explore the triangle between the Tango (Astor Piazzolla), Brazilian music (Guarnieri) and Fado (three themes which Amália Rodrigues made her own), with the addition of a touch of modernity in the form of two miniatures by Daniel Bernardes.”

The album has been produced by author and musicologist, Tiago Manuel de Hora, co-founder of the Portuguese cultural management company, Artway Culture & Arts which programmes a series of concerts, shows and album recordings for special projects.

Canção is available to buy now.