Amália Rodrigues is a familiar name to anyone who has heard about traditional Portuguese fado music.
The Queen of Fado died in 1999, but is still revered by aficionados of fado world-wide. Amália is also an inspiration to younger generations of fadistas, or fado singers, including Mariza and Ana Moura.
While you can go for dinner and fado in a number fado restaurants in the old neighbourhoods of Lisbon, you can also have an interesting experience listening to the traditional music of Portugal in Amália’s former house.
The full fado experience starts with one-hour guided tour of the singer’s house, now a museum. You’ll have the chance to visit the beautifully furnished rooms, see Amália’s clothes, memorabilia, and the many photos.
Then, the museum closes and fado is sung for a small audience in the garden, a little haven of tranquility at the back of the house. The intimate show is performed by a professional fadista, accompanied by musicians playing Portuguese and acoustic guitars.
The experience takes place every Tuesday and Friday as follows:
5pm – Guided tour of Amália’s former house
6pm – Fado by professional singers and musicians in the garden
Guided tour + Fado in the garden: €25
Fado in the garden only: €20
Casa-Museu Amália Rodrigues
Rua de São Bento 193
Fundação Amália Rodrigues’ Facebook page: facebook.com/fundacaoamaliarodrigues
Phone: +351 961 293 682