Classical / Operatic

Barbara Bonney Pavol Breslik José Carreras Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Dmitry Korchak Francesco Meli Teatro Regio di Parma's Opera Ensemble Bryn Terfel Rolando Villazón David Giménez Carreras Kammerensemble Classic der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Musical / Cross-Over

Elaine Paige Giorgia Fumanti





Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical which ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title "The First Lady of British Musical Theatre".

She has starred in numerous West End productions and on Broadway and in concert internationally, sweeping to fame when she created her award winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita. Shortly afterwards she created the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats and the classic song Memory became one of Ms Paige's many hit records.

Further theatre productions have included early performances in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease and Billy, Chess (with her record breaking number one hit I Know Him So Well with Barbara Dickson), Anything Goes, Piaf, Sunset Boulevard in London and New York, Sir Peter Hall's production of The Misanthrope and a year long run in The King and I at the London Palladium.

Ms Paige has performed in concert worldwide from The White House to The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, from the Bolshoi to Sydney Opera House. She has appeared in many television roles including her own TV specials and Royal Variety Shows. She has recorded 20 solo albums (4 multi Platinum and 8 consecutive Gold) and 6 cast albums and has been honoured with a number of awards: Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Variety Club Award for Show Business Personality of the year (1978); Variety Club Award for Musical Artiste (1986) and Variety Club Award for Best Actress (1995); Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (1994); HMV Lifetime Achievement Award (1996); Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (1999); Order of the British Empire for services to Musical Theatre (1995).

In 2003 Ms Paige played Angèle in the Feydeau farce Where There's A Will directed by Sir Peter Hall and then performed in concert with Bryn Terfel at the Faenol Festival and a series of sold-out concerts across Europe.

The beginning of 2004 saw Ms Paige perform in the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the New York City Opera to sensational reviews. For this performance she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She then played a concert tour in the UK with the release of her new album "Centre Stage".

In September 2004 Ms Paige was delighted to launch her new weekly radio show Elaine Paige on Sunday on BBC Radio 2. The programme is devoted to musical theatre and film music from Hollywood, Broadway and the West End. She has interviewed a host of stars including Angela Lansbury, The Pet Shop Boys, the Sherman Brothers and Sir Elton John and the show continues to delight audiences with its mix of music, competitions and interviews.

Recent television work has included the role of Dora Bunner in Agatha Christie's Ms Marple story A Murder is Announced for Granada/WGBH, and a guest star role in Where The Heart Is for Granada Television. In 2005 she completed her triumphant concert tour of Australia, New Zealand and the Far East and in 2006 she recorded a new album of stage songs entitled "Essential Musicals" and then performed in a sell-out concert tour of Scandinavia and the UK prior to taking her new show to China in two highly successful performances at the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai in December.

Ms Paige is looking forward to appearing in concert in Hong Kong in March 2007 and she will then return to the West End stage to play the title role in the Broadway smash hit musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" from May this year.