Lina Mendes, born in Rio de Janeiro, is considered one of the leading Brazilian sopranos.
In Italy, she was part of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala; in Spain, she joined the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts, and in Germany, she took part in the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival.
Recently, she made her debut at the Tenerife Opera, portraying Rosalba in the opera "Florencia en el Amazonas" by Catán. In Madrid, she performed R. Strauss songs in the Piano Conference Series with conductor Pedro Halffter, presented by Fundación BBVA. She played the role of Sophie in Strauss's opera "Der Rosenkavalier" at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and portrayed Polly in the opera "Die Dreigroschenoper" by Kurt Weill at Theatro São Pedro.
She made her debut at the Palau de les Arts in Spain with great success, performing as Musetta in "La Boheme" (Puccini) and Ilia in "Idomeneo" (Mozart). She represented Brazil at the BRICS Cultural Festival in Xiamen, China.
Other notable performances include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at TMSP under the direction of Roberto Minczuk, Mahler's Eighth Symphony at Sala São Paulo under the baton of Marin Alsop, Stravinsky's "Pulcinella" conducted by Roberto Tibiriçá, and Mozart's Requiem with the Campinas Symphony. She also performed Mahler's Fourth Symphony under the direction of Stefan Geiger at Theatro São Pedro and played Valencienne in the operetta "The Merry Widow" (Lehar) at TMSP.
In 2021, she participated in the 23rd Amazonas Opera Festival online, playing the role of Laura in the opera "Três Minutos de Sol" by Leonardo Martinelli. At Sala Cecília Meireles, she sung Vocal Quartets by Schumann and Brahms. In Belo Horizonte, she sang in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater under the direction of Silvio Viegas at Palácio das Artes. She portrayed Anne Trulove in the opera "The Rake’s Progress" (Stravinsky) at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Sofia in the opera "Il Signor Bruschino" (Rossini) at Theatro São Pedro.
In 2018, she was selected by Broadway to star as Christine Daaé in the musical "The Phantom of the Opera" in Brazil. Lina was on stage for almost two years, giving 400 performances to an audience of over half a million people.