Maria Tecce at Fringe Fest '08

Italian-American diva returns to the Fringe Staff

Written by Staff Published on 28.02.2008 16:48:43 (updated on 28.02.2008) Reading time: 7 minutes

Fringe Festival 2008       

* * * *  “Wow. And read that again, Wow…. A sensual angel on stage.” 
– The Independent

* * * * *  “Elegant… cool…seductive… Kill for tickets if you have to.” 
– The Prague Post

“Tecce takes on the torch singer’s mantle with an agreeably unassuming expressive power… Torch Song will   surely bolster this gifted artist’s burgeoning reputation.”  
– Jazzwise Magazine, U.K.

“… A tour-de-force performance… sheer theatrical brilliance.” 
– The Boston Herald


MAY 29 – JUNE 1, 2008   21.15 – 22.15

In: Kostel Jana Krtitele na Pradle, Mala Strana

Italian-American diva Maria Tecce wowed sold-out audiences at Fringe Festival Praha 2006 and returns with her new show inspired by the sensuality and passion of Argentinian tango, Spanish songs and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.  Swinging scat and sensual purr dance effortlessly with style, elegance, and glamour, all provocatively and delicately bathed in a spicy brew of Spanish, jazz, and cabaret.

“Bostonian Maria Tecce is one of the highlights of Europe’s smart and adventurous cabaret scene.  Her cheekbones can slice a man’s ego in half, her smile could thaw Siberia, and the way she might direct her finely sculpted eyebrows at you is only frightening.”  
– The Times

* * * *  “A tour-du-force performance…. Audrey Hepburn channelling Eartha Kitt.” 
– The Boston Herald

* * * *  “…Sheer theatrical brilliance.” 
– The Independent

“Powerful …. intelligent …. seductive …. masterful ….” all used describe Italian-American singer/performer Maria Tecce who’s past 12 months have been the most successful to date, with sold-out and packed concerts from USA to London’s West End and launching her second album ‘Torch Song’

Maria kicked off the last year with nothing less than both guns blazing –  lighting up the Irish airwaves with her new radio show “Red, Hot, and Tecce” on RTE Radio 1,  selling out her new jazz/cabaret show at the Prague Fringe Festival 2007 and Dublin Fringe Festival 2007, and releasing her a new live dvd ‘Live in Prague’.  Maria also takes on the acting mantle playing murdered wife ‘Isabella’ the new BBC television series “Inspector George Gentley”, co-starred in the international tour of Irish playwright John Murphy’s “The County Boy” (U.K.), and appears in the upcoming 2008 Channel 4/BBC television series ‘Rock Idols’

After two albums and packed venues worldwide, Maria has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Dionne Warwicke & Ronnie Drew of the legendary ‘The Dubliners”.  Her original songs are included on two separate CD compilations featuring the likes of Grammy Award Winners John Prine, Bruce Mathiske, Ron Sexsmith, and Bella Fleck as well as Irish artists Juliet Turner, Damien Rice, David Kitt, Paddy Casey, Hazel O´Connor, Jack L, and Luka Bloom.  Theatre, television, and film collaborations include Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America), the Abbey Theatre, and the BBC.     

Her arsenal of musicians include band members from Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, and Jools Holland and already 2008 sees Maria touring to Paris, USA, Prague, Italy, U.K., Croatia, and Ireland, continuing to present her own radio show in Ireland on RTE Radio 1, appearing on both BBC and Channel 4 television (U.K.), and starting work on her third album later this year. and for complete details      

MARIA TECCE – Background

Originally from Boston and now based in Dublin, Maria was groomed to be an English teacher from the time she could pick up a book.  After graduating with a 3.9 GPA and her BA from Boston College in Massachusetts in 1990, fate intervened and turned her Westward instead, and she found herself living the life of a childhood dream – wrangling horses on a ranch in Wyoming 40 miles from nowhere in the wilds of America.  For almost 10 years Maria uttered not a note of music nor stepped foot on a stage, making her way across the USA and eventually returning to Europe, where she had studied for a year at the University of Exeter, England in 1989.  After a an Irishman enticed her come to Ireland, Maria finally found herself on the West coast of Ireland in a little town called Galway.  She had £200 in her pocket and a guitar.  That was in 1997. 

After fighting for her Irish ‘resident artist’ status for over 4 years, Maria was finally granted leave to remain as an artist in 2001.  This Italian-Polish American has steadily garnered acclaim as one of Ireland´s most accomplished and dynamic jazz vocalists and critics have lavished praise for her live performances, interpretation of material, and original work.  Maria counts among her musicians members of bands from Van Morrison, Sister Sledge, Jools Holland, Lisa Stansfield, The Waterboys, and Paul Brady.  Her one-woman jazz cabaret shows and music gigs have played to packed houses all over Ireland, Europe, U.K., and the USA, highlighting the most engaging qualities of Maria´s music – her wide audience appeal and powerful live performances.

2003 saw the release of her debut album “All About Love” and Maria quickly became a bright and fiery star on the music & acting scenes in Ireland, headlining arts, jazz, and world music festivals, including 5 years running at the international Cork Guinness Jazz Festival which has played host to the biggest names in jazz music past and present.  She has gone from strength to strength and her cabaret and  jazz shows continue to showcase not only this jazz chanteuse´s acclaimed vocal and interpretive talents but also “the demonstrative and effortless acting skills of a seasoned actor and performer.”  The Tribune  

Maria celebrated the launch of her second album “Torch Song” in September 2006 and caught the eye of Linn Records, one of the U.K.’s premiere jazz labels.  Maria’s original songs have also gained notoriety and are included on two separate CD compilations featuring the likes of Grammy Award Winners John Prine, Bruce Mathiske, Ron Sexsmith, and Bella Fleck as well as Irish artists Jack L, Juliet Turner, Damien Rice, David Kitt, Paddy Casey, Hazel O´Connor, and Luka Bloom

Guest appearances in the last year are as diverse as supporting Dionne Warwicke and sharing the stage with Irish Legend Ronnie Drew of ‘The Dubliners´, which lead to regular requests to guest on radio and television programs in Ireland.  Maria presents her own radio show,  “Red, Hot, and Tecce”, on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland where she now makes her home.

This tour-du-force performer has performed from Belfast’s Opera House to Prague Castle, the world famous ‘Spiegeltent´ venues in Europe and America to festivals and venues from New York to London’s West End.  She sells out and packs houses everywhere she goes, highlighting the most enduring qualities of Maria’s music – her universal audience appeal and elegant, powerful live performances. 

“If cabaret legend Marlene Dietrich was the Queen of the ‘Spiegeltent’ venue when it toured back in the 1930s, then Maria Tecce is unquestionably its new crowning glory… “  
– Louis Courtney-Jones, FTM

“Bostonian Maria Tecce is one of the highlights of Europe’s smart and adventurous cabaret scene.  Her cheekbones can slice a man’s ego in half, her smile could thaw Siberia, and the way she might direct her finely sculpted eyebrows at you is only frightening.”
– The Times


Maria´s first professional acting job in Ireland only 5 years ago found her smack in the middle of Ireland´s most popular soap opera “Fair City” as the icy American boss from hell Camille Barnett.  Since then, she has never looked back.  Her television debut was quickly followed by Corca Corca Theatre Company´s (Ireland) sell-out success “A Midsummer Night´s Dream” (where Maria played the two leading men´s roles ‘Oberon´ and ‘Theseus´), a role written for her by Jim Sheridan in his film “In America”, a host of other lead roles in theatre productions in Ireland and Europe.  Favorite projects include co-starring in the European premiere of the Canadian play “Very Heaven” as lesbian cowgirl ‘Lee’ which ran at The Focus Theatre (Dublin 2004), touring with Storytellers Theatre Company´s critically acclaimed and award-nominated “Dream of a Summer´s Day” (Ireland 2005), and starring in the Theatre Royal’s new production of the German one-woman cabaret show “Tonight: Lola Blau” in (Ireland 2006) to ecstatic critical praise. 

Kicking off 2007, Maria co-starred in Big Telly Theatre Co.’s (U.K.) new production of “The Country Boy” on its international tour February – March 2007.   She was also snapped up to play murdered wife ‘Isabella’ alongside British star Martin Shaw in the new BBC television pilot series “Gentley’s Last Case” and appears in a cameo role in the upcoming 2008 Channel 4/BBC television series ‘Rock Idols’.

Above all, the continuing success of Maria’s one-woman jazz cabaret shows in Irish and European theatre festivals and venues sees this multi-talented diva steadily gaining a rock solid reputation as one of Europe’s most gifted, captivating, and powerful performers.

(See ‘Acting Experience´ at for full listing of acting experience)



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