Maria Elena Infantino transforms into the legendary French singer Edith Piaf and takes us on an emotional journey through the highlights of her unconventional life filled with poverty, tragedy, success and love! Celebrating her truly artistic legacy in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the icon’s death. Maria Elena created this one woman show while in Rome, which was a great hit amongst the Italian audience. Maria Elena premiered her one woman sold-out show to the USA, in Los Angeles at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre, at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Later, Maria Elena returned her one woman show to Europe at the Apollonia Festival in Bulgaria and in Italy, where again it was a smash hit.
Actors Entertainment actress host Alexis Nichols in an exclusive interview with Maria Elena Infantino for Sidebeat Music.
Maria Elena has an interesting and colorful background. She was born in Italy on the 20th of February. She grew up in a family of Opera singers where art and life blended together in perfect unison. Her father was the famous tenor Luigi Infantino
Maria Elena moved to London at the age of 18 to attend the Foundation Acting course at East 15, after which she trained for three years at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). Her early acting jobs include a part in Emmerdale for ITV Yorkshire television and roles in various Shakespeare productions in the theaters of Rome and London.
In 2010n Maria Elena was specially chosen to perform at the Beatles 50th Anniversary star-studded concert along with Special star guest Dame Shirley Bassey, at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her rendition of “Do you Want to Know a Secret” was a smash hit.The song was specially arranged for her from Maestro Umberto Scipione, who’s been nominated for the “David di Donatello Award “in Italy for best Music Score for the movie “Ben Venuti al Sud” and the sequel Nord.
In 2011, Maria Elena hosted and produced her own show in the West End at the Leicester Square theatre in London, as a tribute to Father, where she also performed on of her Father’s song from the Godfather, Part 2.
In 2011, Maria Elena has also been nominated for the 21st annual L.A. Music Awards as an International artist, in Los Angeles, California. And, also in 2011, Maria Elena inaugurated the Piaf and Miles Davis forever stamp, celebrating the Artist’s 50th Anniversary, at the Rubin Museum in New York.
Maria Elena has twice been invited to perform for the Jimmy Kimmel show and delighted the L.A. audience at the historical Grammy Museum.
In 2013, Maria Elena co-produced and starred in the film “Job’s Daughter,” with 5 time Emmy winner Doris Roberts and a cast such as Thaao Penghlis from “Mission Impossible,” and Eric Roberts.
The Soka University awarded Maria Elena for her vocal ability and interpretative versatility as an actress and singer, in front of an audience of 10.000 people, she has been invited to perform the National Anthem, Marseillaise, for the French Consul in Los Angeles, and now she is starring in a horror movie, alongside Clark Gable Jr. and Victor Alfieri, which premiered November 1st at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California.
Learn more about Maria Elena Infantino at MariaElenaInfantino.com
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