Elis Regina

Elis Regina (full name: Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, born March 17, 1945 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, † 19 January 1982 in São Paulo, Brazil) was a Brazilian singer.


Elis Regina was a spirited and charismatic person, and sat with her ​​presentation new standards. It was called the "Queen of Música Popular Brasileira ". Elis came from middle-class family and grew up in southern Brazil. Her personal style was not only marked by her voice, but also by the choice of gestures, facial expressions and costumes.

The singer began in childhood with her career. Already in 1959 she sang in radio broadcasts current hits. Less Bossa Nova, which was so well known in the south yet, but boleros and rock ballads. Their first attempt to gain a foothold in Rio de Janeiro, ended in disappointment. Do not hit the taste of the Cariocas, the inhabitants of Rio. The audience was still under the influence of the " cool" Bossa Nova.

She drew back to São Paulo in order to complete their skills. No error, because the music scene of the city increasingly gained importance across the country. Elis Regina reached following the new, young scene. With their numerous appearances at festivals, she managed to put then unknown authors in the spotlight: Milton Nascimento ( Nada Será Como Antes ), Vinícius de Moraes and Baden Powell de Aquino ( Canto de Ossanha ) or Edu Lobo ( Arrastão, Upa Neguinho ).

In 1965, she met with Jair Rodrigues on the legendary show " Dois na Bossa ". The concerts were marked by a dense atmosphere. She could draw from the roots of Brazilian music history.

With Elis Regina a generation of musicians whose lecture was not only "linear" began, as in the past. She wanted to present themselves more complex, not only through her ​​voice. The singer spoke to her show in more senses than one that was used to. Sometimes they ran more than two hours on the stage without a break. She seemed obsessed with the music and their passion seemed to tolerate any compromises.

Her show " Falso Brilhante " is one of their greatest successes. In São Paulo, more than 300,000 people watched their performances.

Received in the history of music is Regina's collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, with whom she recorded, among others, the album " Elis & Tom " (1974). She sang many of his compositions, including Águas de Março, which was elected in 2001 by the readers of the newspaper Folha de São Paulo at the best Brazilian song of all time. Regina and Jobim sang the title in live performance and in the Brazilian television often a duet.

Elis Regina but wrote not only continuing their successes, but closely followed new musical developments and also appeared with titles unknown authors. Many Cariocas did not like getting their way and turns understand. The public taste was swaying, her affection was not always safe.

The show " Transversal do Tempo " (1978) has almost chamber-musical traits. The pieces convey a dark, haunting mood.

The interpreted her songs did not contain rare - for the Brazilian audience of the time readily to decipher - critical allusions to the military dictatorship during the " Years of Lead " ( " anos de chumbo " ), in titles such as " O Bêbado ea Equilibrista ".

Your early death in 1982 is associated with the simultaneous intake of alcohol and cocaine. It is said to have traded to the amalgamation of unfortunate circumstances. She died at age 36.

Elis Regina was married twice. From his first marriage with musician Ronaldo Boscoli the son of João Marcelo Boscoli comes. In his second marriage, she was married to the renowned Brazilian jazz musician and pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano. From the marriage Pedro Camargo Mariano and Maria Rita emerged. The daughter Maria Rita is also successful as a singer since 2003.

In the Portuguese-speaking countries increasingly performances by Elis Regina will be released on DVD. These are old recordings which have both been extensively digitally restored.


( Unless otherwise indicated, the albums have been created in the studio and published by Philips. )

  • Viva a Brotolândia (Continental, 1961)
  • Poema de Amor (1962 )
  • Elis Regina (1963 )
  • Elis Regina e Zimbo Trio: O Fino Fino do (Live, 1965)
  • With Jair Rodrigues: Dois na Bossa (Live, 1965)
  • Eli (1966 )
  • With Jair Rodrigues: Dois na Bossa n ° 2 (Live, 1966)
  • With Jair Rodrigues: Dois na Bossa n ° 3 (Live, 1967)
  • Elis Especial (1968 )
  • Elis Como e Porque (1969 )
  • Toots Thielemans e Elis Regina: Aquarela do Brasil ( also: Elis & Toots ) ( 1969)
  • Elis Regina in London ( 1969)
  • Em pleno ... Verão (1970 )
  • With Miele, Ronaldo Boscoli, Roberto Menescal, ... Elis no Teatro da Praia ( Live, 1970)
  • Ela (1971 )
  • Eli (1972 )
  • Eli (1973 )
  • With Antônio Carlos Jobim Elis & Tom (1974 )
  • Eli (1974 )
  • Falso Brilhante (1976 )
  • Eli (1977 )
  • Transversal do Tempo (Live, 1978)
  • Elis Especial (1979 )
  • Elis, Essa Mulher (WEA, 1979)
  • With Hermeto Pascoal: Montreux Jazz Festival (Live 1979 Elektra, 1982)
  • Elis (EMI, 1980)
  • Saudade do Brasil ( Elektra, 1980)
  • Trem Azul ( live 1981 Som Livre, 1982)