Valeria Lima

Real name: Lima Figueiras, Valeria Luján
(8 July 1980 - )
Place of birth:
Rosario (Colonia) Uruguay

tall woman with a strong voice, Valeria Lima always liked to sing from a very early age. She lived with her family at a rural school where her father worked. Besides being a teacher, he was also musician and greatly influenced the career of her daughter. She appeared for the first time, when she was only six, accompanying her father, she sang at a concert at the now disappeared Hotel Brisas del Plata of Colonia Valdense.

She began to study piano and, from that moment on, she carried out an extensive career in the area and was frequently summoned to appear at festivals and other cultural events. In 1989 she was the winner of the first regional contest for music and singing in Colonia Valdense (Uruguay).

After that stage, Valeria represented Colonia at the contest «Buscando la voz del tango para Japón» (1995), organized by maestro Donato Racciatti. Due to this she was invited to appear, in 1996, at the third Cumbre Mundial del Tango, which was held in Uruguay, and at the Primer Festival Latinoamericano de Folklore Juvenil which took place in Chile.

When she finished her secondary school studies, she started to work on the radio, an activity which would become another one of her passions. Thereafter, at the same time of her musical activities, she studied to get a license as professional speaker in Montevideo and graduated at the end of 1999.

In 1998, at the framework of the international festival «Viva el Tango», JOVENTANGO made a call for the national contest «Nuevas voces, viva el tango» in which she turned out winner. Because of that she was invited to appear at the Festival Concepción Tango 2000 (Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos, Argentina), at the 5ª Cumbre Mundial del Tango (Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina) and appeared at the Café Sorocabana of Montevideo for a year.

In 2002 she was consecrated when she turned out the winner of the contest of the TV program aired on TV channel 12 Casting, el desafío, because she was the participant who got the greatest number of votes and was the favorite of the audience.

She was summoned for the opening show of the South American Soccer Championship sub 20 in January 2003. In March that year she traveled to Europe, where she appeared in the city of Barcelona.

On her comeback she decided to plan out the recording of her first album, along with maestro Raúl Medina, for which the summoning and choice of authors and songs that would be included in this release was started. Concurrently, in the latter months of the year she made a tour of some cities of the interior presenting a show with preliminary hearings of part of this material.

In March 2004 she officially launched her first album which displays different styles and bears her name.

By the middle of that year she was summoned by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo to be part of the show Galas de Tango, and she made her debut at the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos of the Palacio Legislativo and later at the Teatro Solís.

In 2005 she was required to appear at the show when Tabaré Vázquez took office as president, at the Palacio Legislativo and, on March 28, she returned to the Teatro Solís for the 14th anniversary of the MERCOSUR.

In August, in Buenos Aires, she took part at the contest «Hugo del Carril» and she was awarded the first prize and a contract to appear in 2006 with the Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, conducted then by maestro Raúl Garello.

At the same time, along with the pianist Fernando Goicoechea, she premiered the show Historias de Tango, which after its premiere in Montevideo toured the interior of the country.

In 2008 she launched her second album, Libre, directed and produced by Julio Frade. This album which includes 14 pieces, mostly classic tangos, also contains songs of other genres.

She made international tours of France and the United States with Julio Frade. Later she was part of the cast of Glamour Tango with which she appeared in the United States and Europe.

In 2010 she shared the bill with María Graña in Colonia (Uruguay) at the celebrations of the Bi-Centennial of the May Revolution.

Setiembre is her third album, released in 2015, which was presented at the Teatro El Galpón (Montevideo) and at the Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso (Buenos Aires). The musical direction and arrangements are by Franco Polimeni (piano), with Miguel Trillo (bandoneon), Cono Castro (double bass), Matías Craciun (violin) and Pablo Leites (percussion).

In 2016 she presented the show Orígenes, dedicated to Latin American female figures, among which Eladia Blázquez, Mercedes Sosa, Amalia de La Vega, Lágrima Ríos, Chabuca Granda, Violeta Parra and Laura Canoura stood out and paid homage to Tita Merello.

She is the creator and director of the Escuela de Artes Valeria Lima (School of Arts) which, these latter years, has been her main activity and which gathers around a hundred students.