David Serero, the internationally-renowned baritone, deaf-born actor and singer, returns to the U.S. to make his New York City, Off-Broadway debut with a one-night-only holiday concert David Serero: All I Care About Is Love, an evening of comedy and music with selections from David's extensive repertoire. David will sing selections from his newest recording, All I Care About Is Love as well as holiday tunes, songs that reflect David's Jewish heritage, and numbers from Man of La Mancha, Fiddler On The Roof, Show Boat, Brigadoon, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, and "Mexico" from Le Chanteur de Mexico.
All I Care About Is Love will play Thursday, December 19 at 8pm in the Bernstein Theater (1627 Broadway at 50th St.) in New York City. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 212-921-7862.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer? It actually started by a real accident. I was a pianist and once I had a rollerskating accident and broke my right wrist. During the two weeks of recovery, I started to sing the melody that I couldn’t play with my right hand and that's how I started. Performing music was like a drug, and it still is to this day and I don’t think it will ever stop…I need to express myself!
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Madonna and many others…but to be honest I like to work with everyone famous or not.
3. On December 19, you are making your first NYC appearance in over 10 years in a one night only concert entitled "All I Care About Is Love." What are you looking forward to most about this show? What made you wait 10 years to come back to NYC? I’ve performed more than 600 performances worldwide and I want to bring my signature show and my unique style to entertain a NYC audience. The New York audience is very tough because all the best performers from all over the world come to perform here, so now that I have reached a certain level in Europe, I feel this is the perfect time to come here.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert? To tell you the truth, I just want to give them the best evening possible, to entertain them with my singing, by bringing them emotion and my «joie de vivre» and to make them laugh with some funny stories that I tell between musical numbers.
5. The concert will be a mixture of classic Broadway, Opera, Russian, Jewish, and holiday songs as well as selections from your new solo album "All I Care About Is Love." How did you decide to have such a mixture of music for this show? Since I started singing, it was always natural for me to sing several genres and repertoires at once. I love all kinds of music and I don’t think that I prefer one above the other. Before being passionate with singing, I’m passionate about people, and singing a different repertoire helps me to connect with different people. Singing and entertaining is my way to express my love to all the world ! I also want my show to be representative of who I am, so this mixture is inevitable. When I perform a part in a musical, opera or film, it’s another exercise. I need this mixture to always stay fresh in my work.
I like to improvise with the audience. I never do two shows the same.
6. What makes your story so fascinating is that you were born deaf and did not begin to hear/speak until you were 9 years old. Now at 32 years old, you are fluent in 5 languages, sing in more than 15, play piano, sing, and entertain audiences around the world! What was it like to be able to hear and speak after not being able to do so for so long? I had to work more than anyone else and to prove to others that I was capable of doing something. In the worst period, I’ve never doubted myself. I knew I could do something. Because there is a place for everyone in this world and we’re all unique! Imagine a world where everyone will have the same voice and sing the same songs ? That would be pretty sad.
I also think that as an arrow, when you’re pulled back so far, once you’re relaxed you can only go further. I’ve always been working very hard. I was born with this work ethic: I’m a workaholic. When I was a child I was putting my ear on the piano and I could feel the vibrations of it. I like to say that it was the first conversation I had with someone. My deafness was diagnosed very late because no one knew, they thought I was shy…But my strong voice just grew bigger as if she was in jail, and then when she was released, I wanted the whole world to hear it. I’m very lucky that God put music in front of me so I could have a revenge on my difficult childhood. I want to show to the world that when you really want something and that you do it with love, passion and sincerity: Everything is possible!
7. How does it feel to have this career, knowing what you overcame to get to this point today? I enjoy every single day. I’m lucky to be able to sing and to be on stage. I also have the diversity that I can perform an Opera, a Musical, act in a film, a play, record albums, travel, work with stage directors, conductors and others actors and singers...etc. If success would have never come, I would have still been happy to be on the smallest stage. Because singing and entertaining IS my way of living.
8. What have you learned about yourself from your life experience and career? Allow me to quote this: "This is my quest! To follow that star! No matter how hopeless, no matter how far, to reach the unreachable star!" This is from "Don Quixote" from Man of La Mancha that I performed in Paris and other productions. I’m not afraid to have dreams and to work everyday to make them come true. Actually, the path to get there is amazing. The longer, the better. Life is good!
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Be yourself because the others are already taken!
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To be able to print money! (lol)
A Parisian native, the 32-year-old David enjoys a career as a musician having overcome considerable odds: he was born deaf, but after numerous operations he began to hear/speak when he was 12. He started playing the piano at age 13 and began singing when he was 16. He performs in 15 languages including English, French, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian, having studied for two years at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
David Serero has performed over 600 concerts around the world at venues such as Opera Garnier Paris, L'Olympia, Eiffel Tower, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo, and a sold-out debut at London's Dominion Theatre in the West End. In Israel, he played the lead role in the first Hebrew opera THE DYBBUK and has performed for Israeli President Shimon Peres and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others.
David arranged and produced an album of jazz standards, I WISH YOU LOVE for Jermaine Jackson (formerly of the Jackson Five), and together they recorded the French classic "Autumn Leaves." The duo appeared together in the new musical written by David Serero, YOU ARE NOT ALONE throughout France. ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE is David's debut solo album. His other recordings are L'HOMME DE LA MANCHA (Man of La Mancha in French version), and BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY, Duke Ellington's only musical, a rare revival of which David starred in last year in Paris.
David studied at the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, going on to make his operatic debut as Scarpia in TOSCA and Germont in LA TRAVIATA. He was the first foreigner to be accepted into the Young Soloists Academy, also in St. Petersburg, touring France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Russia, U.S. and Israel. His other operatic roles with U.S. and international companies include CARMEN, TALES OF HOFFMANN, CAVALLIERA RUSTICANA, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, DON PASQUALE and I PAGLIACCI.
David's philanthropic work includes performing concerts for UNICEF and Hadassah Medical Center, and he founded Forbidden Talents, an organization dedicated to restoring the music of composers suppressed during the Nazi regime.