Carla Maffioletti does not join André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra any more, but she is still in our
hearts. After having worked for the Lucerne Opera House for two years, she returned to live in the
Netherlands (Limburg) where she gives concerts and records CDs. Currently Carla is working on her new
album, named “Sentimental”. She started a crowdfunding project and needs help to realize her dream step
by step. If you like Carla’s concerts, please support the making of this project by pre ordering the album.
Go to https://www.carlamaffioletti.com/dream-maker/ for more information.
The video below shows a preview of Carla’s new album “Sentimental”.
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November 28, 2017. Article from “De Limburger”, by Jan Cuijpers.
Translated by John de Jong.
A little diva with great deeds.
Carla Maffioletti may be small and petite, but there is enormous will power in her. The former "high soprano"
of André Rieu wants to stand on her own two feet and, like her former boss, keeps tight reins in all her
How does an acclaimed opera singer from Brazil, who has given performances for sold-out mega arenas
around the world, wind up in rural Horn? Five years ago Carla Maffioletti lived in Maastricht, a city that
back then she declared to love. Life can turn out different than expected she declared in the "Theater cafe
of the Orangery" in Roermond (City in the north of Limburg).
"For three years I sang as a soloist in the Swiss opera of Lucerne. Nice roles as Musetta in La Bohème by
Puccini and as Zerbinetta in Ariadne from Naxos by Richard Strauss. When my commitment in Switzerland
was finished, I looked for a place to live in the area of Cologne-Düsseldorf. But I found Roermond to be
such a beautiful town that I settled in neighboring Horn. Life is so beautiful here, no violence. You cannot
imagine how hard life in Brazil is. I would not be able to live there," tells the South Brazilian singer born in
Porto Alegre, who is full of plans to collect just as much success as she did as a soprano with the orchestra
of André Rieu.
In an interview with this newspaper five years ago, Carla Maffioletti spoke about the bond with her father
and mother in her Brazilian place of birth. With her newest solo CD, "Sentimental" the listener can share a
sample of her family unity. Maffioletti's mother in fact sings the piece "Gente Humilde" (Plain folks).
"Professionally my mother is a music pedagogue, and sang a lot as a young woman. I sang this song with
her when I was about fifteen," says the coloratura soprano, a fancy word for a soprano who commands
Through her musical feat of strength - and one of them is her ability to achieve very high notes - she ended
up with André Rieu. She was studying at the conservatory of Maastricht when she was asked to sing high
noted pieces for the "stand alone" violinist. After that a few odd jobs with the orchestra followed. "Right after
I returned to Brazil, André called me and asked if I would like a permanent position as singer in his
orchestra. For twelve years I have had a wonderful time there, performing great concerts. But...... if you
have a very clear idea of things, you have to do those yourselves. And I enjoy doing that. If anyone can
understand that, than that is André Rieu. He also does his own thing."
After three years in Lucerne, she was ready for something new. "Now I finally have the chance, the time and
energy to do my own show". I have an immense desire to complete my own projects. I am busy with three
project at the same time: the theater show "A Dream," the previously mentioned CD "Sentimental," and the
duo "Almeh Luz." There, I accompany soprano Jutta Maria Böhnert with the classical guitar," so says the
Tomorrow, she and her show "A Dream", will perform in the Park City Limburg Theatre in Kerkrade. "That
will be the last show of this year. The show contains nice opera melodies, lots of Brazilian and South
American music, and a combination of classical guitar and song. The final is very colorful with the Samba
band "Saltando" from Heerlen. In addition, the salon orchestra "Da Capo”. Ludo Mariën and his accordion
and singer Jutta Maria Böhnert will also perform."
She speaks about her album "Sentimental": "It has become a very personable and intimate album. Lots of
Brazilian music, lots of guitar and many strings. A number of guests have also participated, including my
own mother. but also the young violinist Enzo Kok from Heerlen who has been recorded on CD for the first
During the final performance she places the duo "Almeh Luz", and - how else could it be - her friend Jutta
together. We primarily do classical music; Franz Schubert, but also the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-
Lobos. The premier will take place on January 19th at the “Piano Technica” of Jan Huijberts in Beegden.
After all the huge shows I would like to perform in smaller settings, a more intimate atmosphere with direct
contact with the people. Music reaches them better in a smaller setting, acoustic wise and with sensitivity.
My message is to move people in a direct manner."
Carla with her mother Leda.
Carla’s last concert of her “DREAM” tour, took place in the Limburg town of Kerkrade
on November 30, 2017.
Ruud and Ineke and Linda and Richard Oswick (from the UK) attended the concert.
In this video: Il Bacio (the kiss), Azulão, Can Can and Brazilian encores.
Carla’s new album
released in June 2018.
If you order it online, it
can be sent to your
Order via her website:
The album is also on
sale at the Maastricht
Preparations are going on for a new program
with Jutta Maria Böhnert:
Almeh Luz Chamber Duets.
Bach, Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Obradors,
Poulenc, Fauré, Kurt Weill and more.
Sunday, September 30th 2018 at 3 PM.
September 30, 2018.
Chamber Duets Almeh Luz performance by Carla Maffioletti and Jutta Maria Böhnert.
Eastern church, Amsterdam. Ruud, Ineke and Linda and Richard Oswick (from the UK) attended the