Mar 24, 200805:20 PMThe Life
AUDIENCE FAVORITE RETURNS TO FOLLIES STAGE Anna Maria Alberghetti Wows with Wondrous Sounds
"Once in a great while, audiences demand a return engagement by a truly favorite guest star," says Follies impresario Riff Markowitz. "Anna Maria Alberghetti wowed everyone during our ninth and eleventh seasons, and she returns again beginning March 26 and playing through May 17, closing out our seventeenth spectacular season."
A renowned songstress with an international schedule of concerts, lectures and personal appearances, Alberghetti, 72, was born in Pesaro, Italy. She received early musical training from her concert master father and pianist mother, and began her career at the age of six with a performance on the Isle of Rhodes, accompanied by a 100-piece orchestra. Her father was her only vocal instructor.
At age 13, she made her groundbreaking Carnegie Hall debut, prompting one New York Times reviewer to write "some of the purest, loveliest sounds that I have ever heard." She went on to perform with the New York Philharmonic and other distinguished symphonies, paving the way for the tremendous soloist career that still flourishes today.
Ed Sullivan introduced Alberghetti to television audiences, and she appeared on his show a record 53 times. She also had many starring television roles–both dramatic and musical.
On stage, Alberghetti has performed in West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Fanny, Side By Side By Sondheim and, most notably, Carnival. In the latter, she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her interpretation of the role, Lili. Most recently, she appeared as Carlotta in the national tour of the Kopit-Yeston production of Phantom.
Her film credits include Here Comes The Groom with Bing Crosby, Cinderfella with Jerry Lewis, and The Medium with famed Danish tenor, Lauritz Melchoir. More recent film appearances have included roles in the comedies Friends and Family and The Whole Shebang.
Younger audiences may remember Alberghetti from her appearances in a series of Good Seasons television commercials, which increased her familiarity and the demand for concert appearances around the world.
Alberghetti has said, "I cannot remember a time when music wasn't a part of my life." Adds Markowitz, "Fortunately, for Follies audiences, she is part of our lives once again."
Tickets for the Follies are available through the Box Office at (760) 327-0225 or online at http://www.psfollies.com.