No, she regrets nothing. Foremost Edith Piaf interpreter Raquel Bitton will make her Carnegie Hall debut Jan. 15 with Edith Piaf - her story...her songs [sic]. A collection of 26 tunes and tales from Piaf's often tragic life, Bitton performs in French and English, singing "Sous le ciel de Paris," "Milord," "Non, Je ne regrette rien" and "La vie en rose," numbers Piaf made famous. The legendary Piaf, remembered as one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th Century, died at 47 in 1963.
French Moroccan Bitton began performing at age 11 at the Casino de Marrakech, where "Casablanca" was partially shot. When her parents moved to San Francisco in her teen years, she discovered a lifelong love for French songs from "L'Age d'or," in the 1930's and 40's. Bitton especially fell in love with Piaf and has been performing her work since. Bitton's recordings include "I Wish You Love," "Changes," "In A Jazzy Mood" and "Raquel Bitton Sings Edith Piaf, The Golden Album."
Tickets are $75-$17 and available by calling (212) 247-7800. Carnegie Hall is located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.
-- By Christine Ehren