Teresa Carpio

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Teresa Carpio
Born (1956-09-30) 30 September 1956 (age 67)
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1975–present
Partner(s)Peter Mui
Andreas Panayi
Children3, including T.V. Carpio
AwardsGolden Needle Awards
2007 Lifetime Achievement
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese杜麗莎
Simplified Chinese杜丽莎
Musical career
OriginHong Kong
GenresPop, Cantopop
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano

Teresa Carpio (born 30 September 1956) is a Hong Kong English- and Cantonese-language pop singer,[1] actress,[2] and singing teacher. Carpio was popular in Hong Kong during the 1970s and 1980s. She is the paternal cousin of actress and singer Rita Carpio, and also the mother of actress and singer T.V. Carpio.[3] She is most well known for her Cantonese-language hits, 假如 (If), 仍然記得嗰一次 (I Still Remember That Time), 眉頭不再猛皺 (Sukiyaki), 何必放棄 (Why Give Up) and 真愛 (True Love).

Family background[edit]

Carpio was born in St. Teresa's Hospital in Ma Tau Wai,[4] to a Filipino father and a Shanghainese mother.[5] Born into a musical family (her grandfather was a concert violinist and jazz guitarist, her father Fernando, a jazz drummer, and several uncles were also professional musicians), she began singing at age 6 when she entered and won Hong Kong's first Amateur Talent Quest. She is the eldest of five, all of whom have been active in the music business at some time. Her eldest daughter, TV Carpio, is a musician, actress, and Broadway singer.


Carpio began her career as a child star, winning Hong Kong's first Amateur Talent Quest in 1963 at the age of 6.[6] At age 11, she turned down a scholarship at St Paul's Convent to work in her first job in Tahiti where her father was also working.[7] Following that, she worked in clubs until she went to Japan for a year where she met Shintaro Katsu who sponsored her during her time there. She released her first single in Japan in 1971, entitled Ainoko Mary (混血児マリー).[8][9]

Returning to Hong Kong, she worked in many nightclubs, such as Danshaku, Gessekai and the Hyatt Hotel's Chin Chin Bar, until EMI came and offered her a recording deal.

For several years from 1975 onwards Carpio had her own TV variety show in Hong Kong, on which she performed both solo and with several of her siblings. She released many albums in Hong Kong from 1976 onwards; six of her albums under EMI went gold, in which she featured cover versions in English of western hits, including an album with George Lam. She made numerous television appearances in Hong Kong, in the late 1970s.

Carpio was the first and the youngest Hong Kong singer ever to appear on national TV in Japan. She has performed in many other countries as far apart as Singapore, Malaysia, French Polynesia, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Brunei, the United States and Canada.

With the growing popularity of Cantopop, Carpio started to record in Cantonese along with English. In 1983, Carpio headlined the Hong Kong Coliseum for the first time. The concert was unsuccessful at the box office. Reception towards the concert was generally mixed: although Carpio's voice and stage presence was praised, the lack of Cantonese songs and audience interaction was criticised. According to Carpio, the concert caused her a lot of debt, partially leading to the dissolution of her first marriage.

She broadened her career into acting with appearances in a number of films,[10] and auditioned for the lead role in Miss Saigon, though this eventually went to Lea Salonga. She was no stranger to live musical theatre, having taken the lead role in the 1979 San Jose, California production of the stage musical City of Broken Promises, based on the book by Austin Coates, a story set in Macau which won Best Original Musical.

Following her second marriage, Carpio moved to Canada and focused her attention on bringing up her family (she has three daughters, the eldest, T. V. Carpio, by her first marriage, also an actor, singer and songwriter).


Carpio has released twenty five albums to date, including six live recordings. Her first eponymous studio album was released in 1975 and then quickly followed up with five more solo albums from EMI as well as a duet album with George Lam. In 1981 she moved to WEA and released one Cantonese-language album. In 1983 she formed her own record company, TV Records, which released three more Cantonese albums, on which – together with her WEA album – are some of her most popular songs. Since then she has released several live CDs and DVDs as well as a few studio recordings.


Year Title Record Company
1975 Teresa Carpio EMI
1976 Songs For You EMI
1976 You've Got Me For Company EMI
1977 Greatest Hits +2 EMI
1977 Teresa Carpio EMI
1979 Teresa Carpio EMI
1986 Tokyo Dreaming Warner-Pioneer
1990 If I Ever Needed Love EMI
2006 A Family Christmas Album Teresa Carpio International
2009 Hello Teresa Carpio International


Year Title Record Company
1981 杜麗莎 WEA
1983 The Magic of Teresa Carpio TV Records
1985 何必放棄 TV Records
1986 杜麗莎 Teresa Carpio Warner Pioneer
1988 杜麗莎 Teresa Carpio TV Records/Current Records
2004 Best of Times Go East
2010 I Still Remember BMA Records


Year Title Record Company Duet Artist
1978 Teresa Carpio & George Lam EMI George Lam
2012 Time After Time Universal Alan Tam


Year Title Record Company
2001 麗花皇宮 Warner
2003 HKPO & Teresa Carpio: DIVA WSM
2004 True Love Go East
2005 Always Lam in Concert EEG
2007 Lam and Teresa Live EEG
2012 Time After Time Live Universal


She has appeared in 13 movies in total, starting in 1984 with a lead role in Happy Ghost, where she also sang the theme song. She is more well-known for her later movies, where she often was famous for small roles that became extremely popular, such as 2003's Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat where she sang part of 海闊天空 (Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies), accompanying herself on keyboards.[11]

Motion pictures[edit]

Year Title
1984 開心鬼 Happy Ghost
1985 開心樂園 Isle of Fantasy
1987 靚妹正傳 No Regret
1988 黑心鬼 Three Wishes
1988 火舞风云 Bet On Fire
1988 義膽紅唇 City War
1988 好女十八嫁 18 Times
1989 富貴再三逼人 It's A Mad Mad World 3
1996 嫲嫲帆帆 Age Of Miracles
2003 行運超人 My Lucky Star
2003 六樓后座 Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat
2006 寶貝計劃 Rob-B Hood
2012 八星抱喜 All's Well, Ends Well 2012
2019 你咪理,我愛你! I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change


Carpio began teaching in 1991, when Sandy Lam came to her and asked her to teach her in preparation for her concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum.[12] After that, many other singers followed, such as Sammi Cheng, Wong Cho Lam, Cecilia Cheung, Joey Yung, Gigi Leung, Alex To, Edmund Leung, Twins, and Jade Kwan.

She appeared on Hong Kong television as a judge and head vocal coach on season two of the singing competition The Voice.

Major concerts[edit]

Date Concert Venue # of Performances Solo/Joint/Guest Special Guests
1983 The Magic of Teresa Carpio HK Coliseum 1 Solo None
2001 La Fa Palace (麗花皇宮) HK Polytechnic University 68 Lead N/A
2002 HKPO & Teresa Carpio: DIVA Cultural Centre 6 Solo TV Carpio
2004 True Love HK Coliseum 2 Solo Jacky Cheung (張學友), Gigi Leung (梁詠琪)
2005 Always Lam HK Coliseum 4 Special Guest N/A
2007 Lam & Teresa HK Coliseum 4 With George Lam (林子祥) Lowell Lo (盧冠廷)
2010 I Am A SInger HK Coliseum 2 Solo TV Carpio, Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍)
2012 Time After Time HK Coliseum 9 With Alan Tam (譚詠麟) None

Singer 2017[edit]

Prior to her appearance on Singer 2017, on 20 August 2016, she appeared as a guest singer on the finals of Crossover Singer 2016 for the performance of runner-up Wong Cho Lam (who sung a version of The Prayer.)[13]

As a result of her appearance, Carpio was selected as one of eight initial singers to compete in Hunan TV's Singer 2017. During her tenure, she told to the media that her participation was fueled by the fact that she was competing against another Hong Kong singer, Sandy Lam Yik-Lin (who went on to win). Despite topping the singer's voting predictions (two 1st, one 2nd and one 3rd), she was eliminated on week five (2nd Knockout round) after receiving the lowest combined votes, largely due to finishing last on her prior week. Her elimination was not without controversy, with many fans questioning the elimination.[14][15]

After her return performance on the week after elimination, Carpio later returned to the stage to participate the "Breakout Round", and at second place by a difference of three votes (0.15%) behind the top singer Li Jian. She was one of the few singers to be reinstated to the competition. However, she was shortly eliminated again on the semi-finals a week later as one of the bottom two singers (the other was Julia Peng), receiving a lower count of votes.

Singer2017 The Ranking of Teresa Carpio
Episode Broadcast date Song Title Original Singer Ranking Percentages of Votes Remarks
1 (Qualifying Round 1) 21 January 2017 "Imagine" (English) John Lennon 3 16.05% 1st Place in Singer Voting
2 (Knockout Round 1) 28 January 2017 "卡門"

"Carmen" (Mandarin)

Grace Chang 5 10.79% 1st Place in Singer Voting
4th place in Overall Voting
3 (Challenge Round 1) 4 February 2017 "Vincent" (English) Don McLean 7 9.91% 3rd Place in Singer Voting
4 ( Knockout Round 2) 11 February 2017 " 魯冰花/真的愛你"
("Lubing Flower/I Really Love You" (Mandarin/Cantonese))
Beyond 4 13.84% 2nd Place in Singer Voting
7th place in Overall Voting (eliminated)
5 (Challenge Round 2) 18 February 2017 "爱是永恒"

"Love is Forever" (Cantonese)

Jacky Cheung Return Performance (no ranking)
11 (Breakouts Round) 1 April 2017 "Someone Like You/Rumour Has It" (English) Adele 2 19.89% 1st Place in Singer Voting
Breakout Success (ranked 2nd out of top seven singers)
12 (Semi-finals) 8 April 2017 "假如" (Cantonese)

"是否" (Mandarin)

Teresa Carpio
Julie Su
Unknown Eliminated
Bottom Two Placements in ranking
13 (Final) 15 April 2017 "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (English) Frankie Valli Return Performance (no ranking)
Partnered with Julia Peng


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Preceded by Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by