In the words of one adoring fan of many, Freddie Mercury + Fernando Pessoa = António Variações, an absolute legend in Portuguese pop music. Symbolizing reformation and freedom, Variações burst onto the ’80s music scene with a style and voice never seen in the country before. Now, for the closing ceremony of Festas de Lisboa 2019, he is being celebrated by some of Portugal’s most influential contemporary singers, such as Ana Bacalhau, Conan Osiris, Lena d’Água, Manuela Azevedo, Paulo Bragança, and Selma Uamusse.
In an interesting twist, Variações songs will be put to classical music supplied by Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Gospel Collective shoir, and many more.
This one sounds truly deserving of the title espectaculo.
Here’s a little Variações to get you going.