Filipa Lã


Filipa M.B. Lã, soprano (BSci, MMus, PhD) is a Senior Investigator (Talento Madrid, Comunidade de Madrid) at The National Distance Learning University, in Madrid, Spain. She keeps an activity as a freelance singer(…"Filipa Lã as Vénus/Terpsicore was suitable coy and majestic by turns"…Galway Advertiser) and as a singing and voice teacher, being responsible for various continuous educational courses targeting singers, singing teachers and other professional voice users in Portugal and abroad. With a background in Biology (5-year degree), and a Master in Music and PhD in Performance Studies (singing), both awarded by the Music Department at the University of Sheffield, U.K., her approaches to teach and research in voice are of bridging the gap between voice science and performance practices. Currently she collaborates with the Centre for Social Sciences at University of Coimbra in areas such as Cultural Studies, including Performance Science, Voice Pedagogy, Vocology and Music Medicine. As a singer, she has worked with Carol Smith, Charles Hamilton, Richard Miller, Rudolf Pierney, Susan McCullok, Robin Bowman, Claire Vangeliste, Ingrid Tobioson, Annette Thompson, Laura Sarti and Håkan Hagegård. She has specialised in Song Recitals, performing English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian repertoire in Australia, Brazil, Check Republic, Croatia, England, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, receiving very good reviews (…"extremely talented young soprano singing Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death…" Sheffield Telegraph). She has also interpreted Oratorio repertoire with the Sheffield University Orchestra, "Stabat Mater" by Pergolesi; "Stabat Mater" and "Magnificat" by Caldara. Under the direction of Andrew Laurence-King, she also performed "Cantate Domino" by Montverdi, and "Es steh Gott auf " by Schütz (…"outstanding young singer"…Sheffield Telegraph). She has also engaged in several Operatic roles, such as Belinda, in "Dido and Aeneas" by Purcell, Cherubino, in "Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart, and Venus, in "La Purpura de la Rosa" by Tomás de Torrejon y Velasco in a production by Andrew Laurence-King (…"Filipa Lã as Vénus/Terpsicore was suitable coy and majestic by turns"…Galway Advertiser). This unusual combination of background knowledge allowed her to combine teaching and performing singing with voice-related research focused on physiological and acoustical aspects of voice production. More specifically, she has published research on issues related to female singer's health and wellbeing and to performance optimisation strategies, both applied to singing education, working conditions of professional voice users and cross-genre singing studies. Other research interests include strategies to prevent medical problems of the instrumentalist musician. Her publication record includes 15 articles in peer reviewed journals and 13 more in conference proceedings and 4 book chapters in music education and singing pedagogy. In 2014 she was responsible for the scientific revision of the Portuguese version of "Principles of Voice Production", by Ingo Titze, USA. She has been a key note speaker at 14 conferences, presented 21 plenary lessons at higher education institutions, delivered 10 workshops and gave 6 singing master classes. Her research has been presented at 47 conferences. She is an Editor Assistant of Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology and founding member of two different scientific associations, the "IberoAmerican Association of Voice Science" and of the "Portuguese Association of Performing Arts Medicine". She has received 6 prestigious awards: Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, 2005; European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 2007, The Voice Foundation, 2011; Internationalization of Research Santander Totta, 2013; Croatian Choral Directors Association and International Choral Institute award for Scientific Research in the field of Chorusology, 2014; The Van Lawrence Award, The Voice Foundation and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), USA, 2015. She has been responsible for the creation of postgraduate courses in Musician's Health, London Institute of Education (2007) and in Professional Voice, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto (2008). She has also been invited to deliver courses in international Master courses (Phonetics and Phonoadiology Mestrado em Fonética e Fonologia do Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de Madrid, Espanha (2008 - 2015), in continuing education courses (KTH, Sweden; Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Germany; European Vocal Pedogy, Digital Resources, Berlin Germany & Sibelius Academy, Finland; Steinhardt, New York University, USA).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Gill, Brian P.; Lee, Jessica; Lã, Filipa M.B.; Sundberg, Johan (2018), "Spectrum Effects of a Velopharyngeal Opening in Singing", Journal of Voice

Article in Scientific journal

Lã, Filipa (2017), "Real-Time Visual Feedback of Airflow in Voice Training: Aerodynamic Properties of Two Flow Ball Devices", Journal of Voice, 31, 3, 390e1-390.e8

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Article in Scientific journal

Lã, Filipa M.B. (2017), "Towards evidence-based practices in voice pedagogy", Revista de Logopedia, Foniatría y Audiología, 37, 4, 180-187