Campina, "the voice", "our diva" or simply Sara. There are several names and expressions affectionate in which Sara Campina is designated by the members of the Central Reservation of TAP, in which has been working for almost four years. Remember programs like "Os Principais" or "Dá-me música" of the RTP? Are you an attentive follower of the Eurovision Song Contest? Then, you will recall with all the certainty of this voice of Lisbon, born 29 years ago and now with 21 years of career.
From the tape recorder to the musical "Amália"
Sara Campina always wanted to be an artist. She began to sing early at home, but also for the friends and schoolmates in Christmas festivities. "Loved the lights, the stage, the applause. I felt such a thrill with the applause. My mother always said: 'This girl is going to be an artist. It is not worth it to say otherwise'," recalls Sarah with a smile. At this time, with recorder and tapes, Sara recorded one woman shows, in which she sang, made of host and even in public. The excitement, the talent and the persistence of Sara led the parents to support and encourage the small singer, with the requirement that the school should not be neglected and that the grades were always high. Because they didn’t go down, Sara began with just eight years in the spectacle, the program "Os Principais" of RTP, where she played phonetically "Baby Can I Hold You" by Tracy Chapman. With 12 years won the second series of the program and, thanks to the emission of RTP International, is now recognized a little everywhere, including in Spain. The destiny wanted Sara to win with the theme "Povo que Lavas no Rio" and that Amália Rodrigues died that same year. Filipe La Féria invites you to join the musical "Amália", in which she gave life to a child still Celeste Rodrigues, the sister of the fado singer that disappeared. This is the spectacle that Sara deepens her passion for music and reflects on her first difficulties as a teenager in the art world: the weight and the responsibility of representing to audiences large and the connotation almost exclusively on your behalf to fado. With the support of parents, Sara managed to deal with these issues, without losing their childhood. "In primary, the boys said to the parents: - 'Look, is my friend singer'. Already in adolescence, there is a feeling of some surprise among my colleagues, because they lacked much to lessons and took good notes on the same. However, gone all this".
"Morte em Veneza" as inspiration
The 18 years approached and Sara Campina, like many other young, was undecided about a career to choose. The heart ranged between theater in the Conservatory of Lisbon and literature. Thomas Mann, with his work "Morte em Veneza", a book iconic for Sara, it ends up influencing the choice. Joined the College of Arts at University of Coimbra, in the course of Modern Languages and Literatures. It is also this work that will stir up interest in the German language, a language that considers "very interesting, exotic and spoken by few". As it was already a habit in her life, Sara goes to combine academic life in Coimbra with the work that has in the capital. The studies are to coexist with the show "Cabaret", staged by Diogo Infante at Theatre Maria Matos, the program "Dá-me música", transmitted by RTP, and even English classes that teaches the children. In the margins of the graduation, continues to participate in workshops in theater and does not dispense of singing lessons. "Lacked much in college. It was difficult to combine with, but have had many colleagues who have helped me and the teachers were extraordinary. This is only possible with a lot of help."
It is in this period that Sara realizes the strength that the representation may have. At the end of one of the sessions of “Cabaret", in which she played Sally Bowles, receives an enthusiastic fan. Years later, sees him to act in the musical "The Little Mermaid", at Theater Politeama. The rolser revert and the conversation with the young actor, at the end of the show, Sara realizes that her career was an inspiration for this young actor to follow his dream too.
"It is not possible to live only from theater plays in Portugal"
Sara returns to Lisbon with a degree in her pocket. However, the explanations of English that will ministering, the labor shortage on the stages of the capital and the conviction of the importance of a parallel activity to the artistic life brought Sara to the national airline. Thomas Mann opens once more and indirectly, the doors of the Company, since Sara is fluent in German. Her mastery of linguistic diversity and its extraordinary capacity of communication does not go unnoticed and Sarah begins to work in the Central Reservation of TAP. "My training as an artist applies perfectly to this function, in the sense of trying to create empathy from the first contact with the passengers. How to lead the conversation and put the voice is crucial for customer satisfaction," says Sara. Her voice is widely praised, but also her friendliness, availability and professionalism. A change of booking which proved to be complicated, following a health problem to a passenger, ended with a compliment of own and an invitation to visit their home in New York, USA, as well as the North Adelaide, in the homeland of the passenger. Coincidence or not, Sara just to visit this village, under one of the many concerts that has given across the country. Lately, accompanies Monica Sintra and, above all, Toy as a singer, what brought her great satisfaction. Disagreeing with the depreciation often this style of popular music, Sara says she has a lot of fun in these concerts. "It is a style of music like any other, and people often are not aware of the fantastic shows that are. In addition, I travel a lot, I know amazing places in Portugal and fabulous people. I am happy and this is what most interests me". Now, more than ever, the help of the colleagues with whom she works is essential. For that artist can combine their work schedule on TAP with the concerts, and also with the numerous voiceovers which makes for cartoons, many members will voluntarily work her shift It was also this spirit of mutual aid that allowed Sarah travel to Copenhagen to defend the national colors at Eurovision 2014, as the back vocals of singer Susy.
In two decades, "our diva" has already participated in several musicals, dramas and comedies. "I receive many invitations to theater, but I cannot reconcile the schedules, because they require great seasons to work". However, dedicating herself to the stage full time is not a possibility to Sara: "it is not possible to live only in the Theater in Portugal. No way!”. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons that lead Sara to singing. From pop to jazz, passing through mornas in Creole and by a band of tribute to the 1980s, Sara Campina visited all styles, in a race without fatigue, on behalf of the dream and the art world. "Art is very important for our formation, whether music, theater or literature. The art helps us to build humans better". And, as such, would be very mother, especially if the child is an artist. "Regardless of being a boy or girl, loved that he/she knew to sing. I would very much like to do duets with my child."
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