Caridad Vidal Bernal, with the stage name of Caridad Vega, was born on July 25, 1980, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz). This flamenco artist and dancer belongs to a family of renowned flamenco artists in her hometown, such as the famous flamenco singer Encarnación Marín “La Sallago” or the renowned guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar.
At a very young age, she discovered her passion for flamenco singing. She has won several awards for her talent in Andalusian folk singing, including the “First Prize Cante Bajo Andaluz” at the VII Festival Nacional de Jóvenes Flamencos de Calasparra (National Festival of Young Flamenco Artists of Calasparra).
Caridad Vega learned from such important artists such as Esperanza Fernández, Paco Taranto or José el de la Tomasa. She has also sung to as relevant dancers as Carmen “La Talegona”, Antonio Canales, Luis Ortega and Rafaela Carrasco, among others.
She has traveled all around Spain bringing flamenco theatre shows adapted for several museums, such as the Museo Sefardí in Toledo or the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid. In 2015 she developed and directed the flamenco show “En Sefarad” and in 2017 the show “Venerables”, a show that includes theatrical interpretation.
Outside Spain, she has traveled through several countries, both accompanying companies and as a solo singer. These include “La Celestina” under the direction of Juan Gómez “Chicuelo” and choreography by Javier Latorre, “Sangre” (Blood) with the Nuevo Ballet Español de Rojas, “Carmen” with the company Rafael Aguilar, “Flamenquerías” with the company Luis Ortega, “Yo, Carmen” by María Pagés and “Torero” by Antonio Canales.
As an actress, it is remarkable her role as the main character in Amalia Horner’s show “Flamenco en Route” and as a secondary in Juan Mairena’s “Mariquita aparece ahogada en una cesta” (Mariquita appeared drowned in a basket). She also recites with various Women’s Associations, such as “Fatigas Dobles”, “La Mujer en el Flamenco” and “Ciclo de Cantaoras”.
Currently she is living in Madrid, where she works in such important tablaos as “Casa Patas”, “Las Carboneras”, “Corral de la Pacheca”, “El Córdobes” and “Teatro Flamenco Madrid”, among others. She is also a specialist teacher of flamenco singing at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Arturo Soria.
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According to the Royal Spanish Academy, “Cante Flamenco” is the popular Andalusian singing with gypsy style. The purity of its lyrics and heartfelt emotion make flamenco singing an art that reaches all five senses.