Bird graduate, Madalena Alberto performed the role of Eva Peron in the 2013 UK Tour of Evita, and in 2014 the musical returned to London’s West End for a strictly limited season, playing for 55 performances only in the West End, with musical theatre and pop icon Marti Pellow playing Che, and extraordinarily talented Madalena in the title role. Evita has become iconic, charting the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.
After appearing as Carmen Diaz in Fame (UK Tour), Hunyak in Chicago (Kuala Lumpar) and as part of the West End premiere of Zorro the Musical, Madalena played the role of Fantine in the acclaimed 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables that opened at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2009 and ended at the Barbican Theatre, London in 2010. She also appeared in the O2 Arena concert of Les Miserables. Other roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Sam in Over the Threshold and Sonia in Godspell. In 2011, Madalena performed alongside Ricardo Afonso and Sofia Escobar at the Golden Globe Awards in Portugal.
The Portuguese singer-songwriter’s first album Don’t Cry For Me will be released to coincide with the opening.
Andrew Tomlins described her performance as Evita in West End Frame:
” It’s remarkable to see Madalena Alberto’s portrayal of Eva grow throughout the piece. Alberto’s vocal technique is exquisite; the role may be a huge sing, but Alberto tackles the score fearlessly. As the second act began she graced the stage to give a glorious rendition of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’. Alberto proceeded to provide highlights with ‘Rainbow High’ and ‘You Must Love Me’, exposing both Eva’s strength and vulnerability. Her performance in the second act raised the bar. Alberto stars opposite Marti Pellow as Che who narrates the piece and reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Pellow’s performance brings mystery and highlights conflict. […] Evita is certainly a show which belongs in the West End; Madalena Alberto performs with all the charm, elegance, strength and confidence you could want from a West End leading lady. She will certainly be at home on-stage at the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre. “