Elisabete Matos was born in Braga, Portugal, where she studied singing and violin at the local conservatory. Later, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she finished her studies at the Madrid School of Singing with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation.

She was awarded several prizes at singing competitions, including second place at the Belvedere Vienna Singing Competition.

Ms. Matos has sung Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos, Las Palmas and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria; Chimène in Jules Massenet’s Le Cid at the Maestranza de Sevilla and Washington Opera; Alice Ford (Falstaff) at the Hamburg Staatsoper; the leading role in Antón García Abril’s Divinas Palabras at the reopening of Madrid’s Teatro Real, next to Placido Domingo; Dolly alongside José Carreras on a new production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly with the Washington Opera, Nice and Tokio, a role she would also perform with Mr. Domingo at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera; the title role in Margarita la Tornera in Madrid’s Teatro Real, once more with Mr. Domingo; Elsa in Lohengrin on her debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Mimì in La Bohème in Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos and Oporto; La Voix Humaine in Seville’s Maestranza; Zazà in Turin’s Teatro Regio and Opéra de Nice; Elisabetta in a new production of Don Carlo in Madrid’s Teatro Real and Palermo, Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, in Catania and Teatro Real de Madrid; Freia in Rheingold in Turin, Festival de las Palmas and Liceu; the title role in Suor Angelica at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts; the leading female rol in Tosca in Cyprus (with the Arena di Verona), Venice’s La Fenice, Oporto, Bellini di Catania, Messina, Tokio, Sao Carlos de Lisboa, Maestranza de Sevilla and at Macerata’s Festival, La Vida Breve in Lisbon’s Teatro de São Carlos; Lisa, from Battaglia di Legnano in Massimo Bellini de Catania; Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon and Liceu in Barcelona; Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer at Naples’ Teatro de San Carlo, Maestranza de Sevilla and Teatro Real de Madrid; Katia Kabanova and Els Pirineus at Barcelona’s Liceu; Madame Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmelites in her debut at Milan’s La Scala (conducted by Riccardo Muti); the title role of Tomás Bretón La Dolores in Madrid’s Teatro Real; Gutrune in Götterdämerung at Barcelona’s Liceu and at Palau de les Arts de Valencia (conducted by Zubin Metha); Rosa in Gaudí at Barcelona’s Liceu; Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera in Naples and Bari; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in Naples and Lisbon; Nabucco’s Abigaille in Toulon; the title role in Norma at the Merida’s Classical Festival and in Jerez de la Frontera; Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Barcelona’s Liceu, the title role in Ifigénie en Tauride at Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo and Liceu de Barcelona, Gioconda in Tokio, Turandot at Antwerp, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Palau de les Arts (conducted by Lorin Maazel), Les Troyens (Casandra) also in Palau de les Arts de Valencia (conducted by Valery Gergiev) and Lady Macbeth at Opera National du Rhin ... read full bio