Daphne Alderson As Piaf

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When French icon Edith Piaf came to Carnegie Hall in 1956, she received a seven-minute standing ovation. Beloved Pittsburgh chanteuse Daphne Alderson Contralto recreates this legendary 1956 recital to mark Bastille Day 2016.

Edith Piaf—born Édith Giovanna Gassion—was already a global superstar by time time she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1956. She had first toured the US in 1947, and her frequent performances on The Ed Sullivan Show made her a familiar face to American audiences. In an early appearance on the iconic show in 1952, Piaf shared the bill with actors Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, songwriter Harold Arlen, and New York Yankees baseball stars Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Phil Rizzuto, among others.

It is Daphne Alderson's vision to bring cabaret to people everywhere. Critically acclaimed as an artist of 'dignified passion' by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, her warm, contralto voice has moved and delighted audiences of all ages. Her debut recording A Matinee at the Love Cafe has been called, 'An enchanting and mesmerizing' collection of American, French, and Latin song standards.

Daphne made her celebrated New York cabaret debut performing her show Songs & Chansons. Since then, she has toured throughout the Northeastern Region in cabaret and classical venues. Ms. Alderson was a featured artist at the Center for American Music and the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh. She has recorded American and French song standards for public broadcast on WQED-FM Pittsburgh, and performed at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.

Her opera credits include Central City, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera North, Berks Grand Opera and the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, among others. Her roles include Hansel, Purcell's Sorcoress, Nicklausse, Isabella, Rosina, Orfeo, Lucretia, Suzuki, and Maddalena, as well as various Handelian roles.

She presently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, classical guitarist and composer, John Marcinizyn and serves on the music faculty at Seton-Hill University.

Daphne will be performing with her band, which includes Doug Levine, James Ferla, John Marcinizyn, and Jeffrey Mangone.

Thursday 14 July at 7:30 pm
Falk Auditorium

Tickets: $25-$75
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By: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

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