Jaime Oliveira

Born: 1950 or 1951
Nationality: Portuguese

Jaime Oliveira conducted the Portuguese entries to two OTI Festivals: ‘Vivo a vida cantando’ by Luis Filipe in 1988 and ‘Uma avinguda inteira de saudade’ by Cristina Roque in 1992. He has his own, Lisbon-based orchestra, the Orquestra da Felicidade.

Jaime Oliveira was the musical director of the 1987 Portuguese Eurovision final, held in Madeira. Of six entries, he conducted two, ‘Do stress’ and the eventual winner, ‘Neste barco à vela’. This last song, a strong melody with Portuguese elements in the arrangement (penned by Ramón Galarza) was written and performed by Nevada (Alfredo Azinheira and Jorge Mendes) and represented Portugal in the international contest in Brussels. In Brussels, too, the orchestra was conducted by Oliveira. He never returned to either the Portuguese final or the Eurovision Song Contest; his only other involvement was arranging and conducting an entry in the 1983 Portuguese heats, ‘Rosas brancas para o meu amor’ by Jorge Fernandes.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Jaime Oliveira will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1987: Neste barco à vela