Janine Tavoularis is one of the great interpreters of French Cabaret song. Janine has the uncanny ability to recreate the excitement of post-war Paris whenever she sings in her native tongue.
Possessor of a classically trained 4 1/2 octave dramatic spinto soprano voice, she has the soul, power, beauty of the legendary Edith Piaf. Whenever she sings a song by France's greatest popular singer, she never fails to bring the house down.
Born in Marseille, France of Greek and Italian parents, she fondly recalls hearing singing around her home all of her young life. Her first stage appearance was at the age of nine. "Up till that time, I had always wanted to be a movie star, but after that experience singing in front of a crowd and receiving their applause, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."
At the age of 12 she came to America. Her family moved to Los Angeles then to Long Beach, where she graduated from Polytechnic High School. She was affectionately dubbed the "Polly High Songstress," appearing in numerous musicals and beginning her professional career. The first song she learned when she came to this country was, "America the Beautiful," in honor of her newly adopted country. "To this day, every time I hear or sing, 'America the Beautiful,' it makes me cry." Janine became a citizen of The United States at the age of 18.
While attending Long Beach City College, she was named "Outstanding College Vocalist" in the state of California, beating out 4,000 other singers. She became an opera singer and performed many operas such as La Traviata, Tosca, Pagliaci, Carmen, Rusticana, Madama Butterfly, and La Boheme as well as Musical Theater. Her opera teacher for many years was Jack Metz, the vocal coach for the Los Angeles, Paris, and Sydney Opera Companies and La Scalla in Milan.
Over her career, she has performed with numerous orchestras including The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Long Beach Symphony and Civic Light Opera, Westchester Symphony and West End Opera. She has also appeared numerous times on radio and in nightclubs across the country. Ms. Tavoularis has performed in Costa Rica for the President of Costa Rica, Washington D.C. for many Dignitaries, and Prince Peter of Greece in Los Angeles.
She has also successfully entered the pop music field. Her album was recorded live with a 40 piece orchestra at RCA Studios in Los Angeles on the TIFFON Label and wrote the music and lyrics of the album's title song, "How Far Our Love Will Go."