ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI
Alberghetti is a consummate performer. Her pure, wondrous sound
has been heralded in America since her Carnegie Hall Debut at the age
of 13. Her appearances on concert stages in a dazzling one-woman
show cause her to be a sought after artist in both cabaret and with the
world’s finest symphony orchestras.
Her talents as an actress have captured the imaginations and interest
of audiences everywhere and earned her Broadway’s coveted Antoinette
Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress In a Musical for the now classic
Prior to "Friends and Family," Anna Maria Alberghetti
filmed “The Whole Shebang” with Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Giancarlo
Gianinni, and Talia Shire. Her other feature films include co-starring
roles in “Here Comes The Groom” with Bing Crosby, “Cinderfella” with
Jerry Lewis, “10,000 Bedrooms” with Dean Martin, “The Stars Are Shining”
with Rosemary Clooney, “The Last Command” with Sterling Hayden, and
“The Medium” with the Metropolitan Opera’s great Lauritz Melchoir.
Anna was born in Pesaro, Italy and as the daughter of a concertmaster
father and a pianist mother, she began singing professionally at the
age of six with a 100 piece orchestra on the Isle of Rhodes. “I
cannot remember a time when music was not part of my life,” Anna Maria
recalls today. “My father sang with a number of famous opera companies,
including La Scala and he was concertmaster for the Rome Opera Company,”
she explains. Her father was also her only vocal instructor.
The tragedy of World War II forced the Alberghettis from their
homeland and after a tour of Europe, Anna’s parents brought her to America
where she debuted at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times marveled at
the child’s extraordinary talent and “some of the purest, loveliest sounds
that have ever been heard.” Success with the New York Philharmonic
and other distinguished symphonies followed, paving the way for a career
as soloist with outstanding orchestras that still flourish today.
Ed Sullivan introduced Anna Maria to television audiences and
the public has remained enchanted with her ever since. She appeared
with Sullivan a record 53 times. As she matured, the beautiful
girl with the angelic voice made her mark in every area of entertainment.
In addition to her Tony winning performance in “Carnival,” Anna
Maria has also given illustrious performances in “West Side Story,”
“The Sound of Music,” “Cabaret,” “Camelot,” “Fanny,” “Most Happy Fella,”
“The Boyfriend,” “The Student Prince,” “Side By Sondheim,” and recently
has toured in the Kopit-Yeston production of “Phantom.”
Her recording career has included performances for Capitol Records,
Columbia Records, Mercury Records and MGM Records.
In 1964, Anna married director/producer, Claudio Guzman.
During the ten-year marriage she gave birth to two daughters, Alexandra
and Pilar, and her focus shifted from her career to the demands of parenthood.
Today, as her daughters have begun their own careers, Anna is again pursuing
the profession she knows and loves.
“When you’ve been fortunate enough to have a career as a child,
there are great advantages and great responsibilities. I accomplished
so many things during the early days of my career that I never felt there
was sacrifice in being home with my children. Rather, there was
joy,” she explains.
Returning to the theatre, as well as to the concert and lecture
stage today, she is warmed by the affection of a public, which has maintained
an interest in her talent and beauty since childhood. “One great
advantage of working all your life is that people are wonderful,” she
says. “They remember and enjoy from so many points of view.
Some people have attended a concert, others were touched by a lecture or
one of my films has entertained them. I gained an entirely new audience
during the years I was associated with the Good Seasons television commercials.
It’s satisfying to feel special and familiar to so many people.”
Today, Anna is busy with an international schedule of concerts,
lectures, and personal appearances.