Performance Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Fado is a music of hard earned wisdom and longing, a cry against the fates. It would seem to be a grown person’s art —only that it’s not necessarily so. After the passing in 1999 of Amalia Rodrigues, the most important singer in fado’s history, a generation of young fadistas came into view, re-energizing the genre. Ana Moura, 36, is one of its leading figures. She debuted on record in 2003 with Guarda-me a vida na mão (Keep My Life in Your Hand). The centerpiece of the album, “Sou do Fado, Sou Fadista,” — a song by Jorge Fernando, eminent fadista and songwriter, one-time accompanist of Rodrigues, producer of the album and a regular collaborator with Moura — was her proclamation: “I belong to fado, I am a fadista.” Moura once told an interviewer she knew she would be a fadista by age seven.