Teresa Carpio

Teresa Carpio
Chinese name 杜麗莎 (traditional)
Chinese name 杜丽莎 (simplified)
Pinyin Dù Lìshā (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dou6 Lai6 Saa1 (Cantonese)
Born (1956-09-30) 30 September 1956
Hong Kong
Origin  Hong Kong
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1975–present
Genre(s) Pop, Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano
Partner(s) Peter Ken Mui
Andreas Panayi
Children T.V. Carpio
Alexias Panayi
Serena Panayi
Parents Fernando Carpio (1932-present)
Ancestry Hong Kong, Shanghai, Philippines
Golden Needle Awards
2007 Lifetime Achievement

Teresa Carpio (born 30 September 1956 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong English pop and Cantopop singer,[1] actress,[2] and singing teacher. As a singer she who has enjoyed substantial popularity in Hong Kong and other countries, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. She is also the mother of singer T.V. Carpio.[3] She is most well known for her Cantonese hits, 假如 (If), 仍然記得嗰一次 (I Still Remember That Time), 眉頭不再皺 (Sukiyaki), 何必放棄 (Why Give Up) and 真愛 (True Love).

Family background

Carpio's father is Filipino and her mother Shanghainese. 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 at some time been active in the music business. 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.[4] 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.[5] 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).[6][7]

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, Tahiti, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Brunei, the United States and Canada.

With the growing popularity of Cantopop, Carpio started to record in Cantonese along with English, remaining popular despite increasing competition from newer stars, notably Anita Mui. Carpio broadened her career into acting with appearances in a number of films,[8] 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 25 albums to date, including 6 live recordings. Her first album, Teresa Carpio, was released in 1975 and then quickly followed up with five more solo albums from EMI as well as a duets album with George Lam. In 1981 she moved to WEA and released one Cantonese 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 開心鬼 (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 六樓后座 (Sixth Floor Rear Flat) where she sang part of 海闊天空 (Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies), accompanying herself on keyboards.[9]

Motion Pictures

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


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.[10] After that, many other singers followed, names such as Sammi Cheng, Wong Cho Lam, Cecilia Cheung, Joey Yung, Gigi Leung, Alex To, Edmund Leung, Twins, Jade Kwan and many more.

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

Major Concerts

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

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.) [11]

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 she 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 about the elimination.[12][13]

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 from 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
EpisodeBroadcast DateSong TitleOriginal SingerRankingPercentages of VotesRemarks
1 (Qualifying Round 1)January 21, 2017"Imagine" (English)John Lennon316.05%1st Place in Singer Voting
2 (Knockout Round 1)January 28, 2017"卡門"

"Carmen" (Mandarin)

Grace Chang510.79%1st Place in Singer Voting
4th place in Overall Voting
3 (Challenge Round 1)February 4, 2017"Vincent" (English)Don McLean79.91%3rd Place in Singer Voting
4 ( Knockout Round 2)February 11, 2017" 魯冰花/真的愛你"
("Lubing Flower/I Really Love You" (Mandarin/Cantonese))
Beyond4 13.84% 2nd Place in Singer Voting
7th place in Overall Voting (eliminated)
5 (Challenge Round 2)February 18, 2017"爱是永恒"

"Love is Forever" (Cantonese)

Jacky CheungReturn Performance (no ranking)
11 (Breakouts Round)April 1, 2017"Someone Like You/Rumour Has It" (English)Adele219.89%1st Place in Singer Voting
Breakout Success (ranked 2nd out of top seven singers)
12 (Semi-finals)April 8, 2017"假如" (Cantonese)

"是否" (Mandarin)

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


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Preceded by
Adam Cheng
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Albert Leung
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