"Baldin had a rare voice. The quality of his sound was impeccable."
(Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor)

Category: documentary
(Color - HD/2024 - 114 min. - Brazil)

Synopsis: Aldo Baldin - A Life for Music is an operatic documentary that unfolds talented tenor Aldo Baldin as he journeyed from humble beginnings in Brazil to international recognition in Europe. Baldin was among the finest tenors in the world during the 1980’s, particularly as an interpreter of Bach's pieces. He worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Helmuth Rilling, Herbert von Karajan, Rolf Beck, Karl Richter and Peter Schreier. With longing stories from a wide range of musicians, friends and family members, Aldo Baldin – A Life for Music celebrates the unique career of this artist and professor, as one of the greatest classical musicians from Brazil.

Production: Goulart Filmes
Executive producer: Yves Goulart
Producers: Yves Goulart and Marcelo Nigri
Director: Yves Goulart
Musical director: Irene Flesch Baldin
Assistant producer: Nayglon Goulart
Screenwriter: Yves Goulart
Cinematography: Yves Goulart
Editing: Yves Goulart
Cameras: Yves Goulart and Sidney Schroeder
Drones: Cleber Bonotto and Yves Goulart
Color correction: Viviane Rangel
Design and graphic effects: Erico Dias
Re-recording mixer: Tim Starnes
Interviewees: Isaac Karabtchevsky, Helmuth Rilling, Hera Lind, Sir Neville Marriner, Rolf Beck, Maria Lúcia Godoy, Roberto de Regina, Edino Krieger, Eliane Sampaio, Celso Antunes, Heloísa Nemoto Vergara, Walter Santos Filho, Fernando Portari, Roberto Saccà, Bernhard Gärtner, Marc Marshall, Hernán Iturralde, Marga Schiml, Peter Lika, Andreas Keller, Walter Forchert, Lilian Barretto, Fany Solter, Cicinato Cascais da Silva, Neyde Borges Coelho, Brother Bruno Klein, Darcy Brasiliano dos Santos, Noemi Kellermann, José Araujo Filho, Laura Lindolfo, Galileu Sangaletti, Delfina Baldin Sangaletti, Irene Flesch Baldin, Serena Flesch Baldin and Sofia Flesch Baldin

Aldo Baldin was born in Urussanga, Brazil.  A child prodigy in music, he was awarded a scholarship in Brazil for studies in piano and cello, followed soon thereafter by the crucial first studies in voice with Eliane Sampaio and Heloisa Nemoto Vergara.

It was Karl Richter who was instrumental in securing a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship for Baldin to study with Martin Gründler at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music, where he received a Performing Arts degree.  He continued to study with Margarethe von Winterfeldt and participated in summer courses with Conchita Badia and Noemi Perugia.

While still at the Frankfurt Con­servatory, Baldin was already active as a concert and oratorio soloist and Lied interpreter and was also in demand as a recording artist for radio and record companies.  His discography covers a wide range of recordings of oratorios, Lieder and operas on well-known labels.

Baldin worked regularly with the world's noted conductors and orchestras and performed at international music festivals, as well as in nearly all the great concert halls and opera houses of Europe, Japan and America.  His career as an opera singer began at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern and soon led to the National Theater in Mannheim.  In 1980, he debuted at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and, in 1981, at La Scala in Milan.  He was also hired as a guest performer at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and at other internationally known opera houses.  He undertook extended concert tours, which brought him to France, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Iceland, the USA and South America.

The great versatility of his voice enabled Aldo Baldin to apply his interpretative skills to every period of music ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary.  His areas of specialization in the opera repertoire include Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini; in the oratorio literature all the great works of Bach (in particular the Evangelist roles), as well as all the significant works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Rossini and Verdi.  Baldin's song repertoire covers not only German Lieder, but also the Spanish, Italian, and French literature, as well as songs by contemporary Brazilian composers.

Among other institutions, Baldin taught at the music academies of Blumenau, Brazil, in 1975.  From 1978 to 1980, he was a lecturer in vocal music at the Musikhochschule of Heidelberg and, in 1983, he became a professor at the Musikhochschule of Karlsruhe.

Aldo Baldin died in Waldbronn, Germany, at the age of 49.


  • Cinemateca Catarinense/FCC Award in the category of 'Research and Development of Feature Film' (Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2011 Edition).