SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER
An singer, actress and dancer of Italian origin, Maria Laura Baccarini began her career in musical theatre. Her performances have included all the major roles belonging to the great American classics, and she has appeared not only in Italy but also in the USA and the United Kingdom (as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, Cassie in “A Chorus Line”, Anita in “West Side Story”, Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, etc.) In 2004 she took part in the “Nuit américaine” spectacular, a tribute to 20th century American music produced by Lambert Wilson (who also appeared in the show), with Régis Huby as Artistic Director. Her meeting with the latter was the beginning of a long collaboration that gave rise to two albums: “Furrow – A Cole Porter Tribute” (2010, Abalone Productions) and “All Around”, an original Régis Huby creation with texts by Yann Apperry (2011, Abalone Productions). Her collaboration with the author has continued with several projects to date: “Terra Vagans” (music by Claude Barthélemy), “La Foire aux Chansons” (music by Régis Huby) and “Calvinologie” (music by Massimo Nunzi), the last two having been recorded for Radio France. She has also been involved in the project “Poète, vos papiers”, composed by Yves Rousseau and based on Léo Ferré’s famous poetry anthology.
Maria Laura Baccarini continued her acting career in Italy with principal roles in “Concerto per un Poeta”, “I Have a Dream”, “Ascolta il Canto del Vento”, “La Nuit des Rois” (Verona Italy Shakespeare Festival) and “Maria Stuarda”. In 2011, again in association with Régis Huby, she gave the first performance of “Gaber, Io e le Cose”, a violin-voice duet based on works by Giorgio Gaber, one of the most intelligent, militant and poetic authors in the history of Italian song and theatre. The première of this concert-spectacular was given at the Astiteatro33 Festival in Italy, and it produced the eponymous album “Gaber, Io e le Cose” (2015, Abalone Productions). The new creation “Waiting For The Night To Smile” was the fruit of her love of Stephen Sondheim’s music, which she shares with singer Stephy Haik; it also gave her the opportunity to work for the first time with pianists Stephan Oliva and Bruno Angelini.