With the smoothest of voices and incredible beauty, Thalma de Freitas, or Thalmíssima to her close friends, is a woman of many talents and infectious charm. Whether she’s up on stage singing with the Orquesta Imperial, in one of her various musical collaborations or acting in one of Globo’s telenovelas, this new carioca starlet is all about the performance.
As a child, her days consisted of bossa-nova-filled afternoons with her father and pianist-cum-conductor Laércio de Freitas, Today, the singer, actress and cultural flag-flyer describes herself as restless, a pursuer of the improbable who 'embodies the Yoruba (West African people's) philosophy and rhythm, surrounding herself with whatever talent she encounters along the way.'
Time Out Rio spoke to the Carioca muse to find out a bit more about how this 38 year-old, beach-going Ipanema-local, lives her life.
What’s the best thing about Rio?
The landscape. Living in the most beautiful city I have ever known is the single biggest source of happiness in my life.
What’s is your favourite place in the world?
Your favourite place to escape to?
And to go shopping?
Where do you go for a slap up meal?
For Japanese, Azumi, for contemporary, Miam Miam, for typical food from Brazil’s northeast, Tacacá do Norte and then there’s La Fiorentina and the classic BB Lanches.
Are you a daytime or night time person?
Both. Daytime is great for when I need to work, and the night inspires me to create new things.
Are you sporty?
I do Muai-Tay, aerobics, a bit of weight training, stretching exercises and a lot of cycling up and down the beach and by the Lagoa.
What about religion?
I only have a little knowledge but a lot of interest in spiritual things.
What are your musical influences?
The music (Legendary São Paulo DJ) DJ Nuts spins at his club nights.
What are your plans for 2012?
Don’t really have plans, just work! In my actress guise I will be appearing in a new piece that debuts on 24 February called Adeus à Carne by Michel Melamed in the Teatro Ginástico. With the Orquesta Imperial, we’re launching a new album in May. We’re going to try a few of the songs out, give them a bit of airplay at carnival. I also plan to write a theatrical piece at some point.
Your career has seen a lot of on-stage collaborations. Who will you be hooking up with this year?
The violinists Cezar Mendes and Paulão 7 Cordas, the multi-instrumentalist and master percussionist Pretinho da Serrinha.
What would be your dream collaboration?
To perform with (The Police drummer) Stewart Copeland.