Maria Elena Infantino was born in Italy on February 20th. She grew up in a family of Opera singers where art and life blended together in perfect unison. She 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 past jobs include a part in Emmerdale for ITV Yorkshire television and roles in various Shakespeare productions in the theatres of Rome and London .
On the October 28th, 2010 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" together with Raffaello Orlando on clarinet, and Chaz Dabat on piano-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.
On January 23rd, 2011, Maria Elena has also ventured in hosting and producing her own show in the West End at the Leicester Square theatre in London, as a tribute to her famous father, the tenor Luigi Infantino, where she also performed her father's songs from the Godfather Part 2.
Maria Elena has also been nominated for the 21st annual L.A. Music Awards as an International artist, which took place in Los Angeles on June 23rd, 2011. In the months of October through December 2011 she performed in “Cinderella” the musical, at the Teatro Le Maschere in Rome, playing the mean step sister.
Subsequently Maria Elena created her one woman show on the legendary French icon, Edith Piaf, which was a great hit amongst the Italian audience. Maria Elena premiered this sold out show in the USA, in Los Angeles at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre, at the Lee Strasberg Institute. On June 12th she inaugurated the Piaf forever stamp, celebrating the Artist’s 50th Anniversary, at the Rubin Museum in New York. August 2012 saw Miss Infantino involved with her one woman show in Europe at the Apollonia Festival in Bulgaria and in Tuscany in Italy, where again it was a smash hit.
On the 29th and 30th of September, Maria Elena was invited to perform for the Jimmy Kimmel, 5th annual, San Gennaro festival in Los Angeles, celebrating Italian culture and heritage. On April 27th 2013 Maria Elena will be delighting the L.A. audience again at the historical Grammy Museum. Right after that, she will be filming a feature film, which she is co-producing and starring in, with 5 time Emmy winner Doris Roberts and a cast such as Thaao Penghlis from “Mission Impossible” and “Days of our Lives”, and Eric Roberts. On May 4th The Soka University will be awarding Maria Elena for her vocal ability and interpretative versatility as an actress and singer, in front of 10,000 people.
Published on Apr 16, 2013