Adults), which taught more than 30,000 people in Brazil. For this she was awarded “Best Communicator” at Tokyo’s International Culture Festival. Bibi was featured in the first live satellite transmission to Brazil, a television broadcast of the 1972 Academy Awards.
During the 1960s, Bibi brought Broadway’s biggest musicals to Brazil and is the only actress in the world to have starred in My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, and Man of La Mancha. In 1975 she debuted the iconic play Gota d’Água (Water Drop) by singer and songwriter Chico Buarque and Paulo Pontes, which, to this day, is still considered the 20th century’s most important work of Brazilian dramaturgy.
Another hallmark in Bibi’s career is Piaf–A Vida de uma Estrela da Canção (Piaf) by Pam Gems, which debuted in 1983. In it, Bibi interpreted and sang French singer Edith Piaf’s famous repertoire. Bibi is still performing Bibi Canta e Conta Piaf (Bibi Sings and Tells Piaf) in her shows today. Her success in performing this work for more than 30 years all over the world has earned her the French government’s highest artistic accolade, the Orde des Arts et des Lettres, twice (in 1985 and 2009). Bibi Canta e Conta Piaf was recorded at Teatro Maison de France in Rio de Janeiro in 2004 and released on DVD. Renowned French photographer Hughes Vassal, who captured Edith Piaf’s final years, heard Bibi perform and declared she was “the only artist capable of reliving the dramatic emotions of Edith Piaf.”
During the 1990s, Bibi maintained a busy schedule of performances, singing such orchestral concerts as Bibi in Concert and Bibi in Concert II–Entertainer throughout Brazil and Europe. Bibi is also a highly praised director of concerts, operas, and plays. Many acclaimed Brazilian names have performed under her direction, such as Maria Bethânia, Elizeth Cardoso, Clara Nunes, and Roberta Miranda.
During a performances of Piaf–Uma Estrela da Canção, the Portuguese fado legend Amália Rodrigues saw Bibi and asked if she would portray Amália on stage. In 2001, at her 60th career anniversary celebration, Bibi performed Bibi Vive Amália (Bibi Lives Amália), singing the Portuguese fadista’s greatest works. The production was an absolute triumph among critics and audiences alike in Brazil and Portugal.
Bibi was the subject at Rio de Janeiro Carnival in 2003. She was honored by one of the samba schools, Unidos da Viradouro, where Brazilian artists paraded in her honor. Her versatility knows no bounds. In 2004 she performed Bibi in Concert III–Pop, where she performs a wide range of music from opera to rap.
The play As Favas com os Escrúpulos, writ- ten by Juca de Oliveira and directed by Jô Soares, marked her return to spoken comedy after 54 years performing musicals. It performed to more than 300,000 people during its four year run.
In 2010 Bibi performed in the show De Pixinguinha a Noel, passando por Gardel (From Pixinguinha to Noel going through Gardel). In it, she demonstrated her talent for singing the tango, reminiscing her mother and grandmother’s influences on her musical upbringing. She was featured alongside the renowned tango orchestra El Arranque at sold-out performances in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. According to the Argentinean newspaper La Nación, Bibi “left the city teaching us how to sing the tango.” She also recorded the album Bibi Ferreira and Miguel Proença Tangos, containing the most treasured tangos from her childhood memories.
In 2011 Bibi recorded the album Bibi Ferreira Brasileira – uma suíte amorosa, where she sings Brazilian popular music classics. In 2012 she recorded the album Bibi Ferreira–Natal em família (Bibi Ferreira–Christmas in Family), a collection of popular Christmas songs. Currently, Bibi is presenting Bibi Histórias e Canções (Bibi, Stories and Songs), a celebration of her 72- year career and 90th birthday celebration, where she sings and shares stories high- lighting her life and career. With seasons in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and concerts in Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, and Lisbon, Portugal, more than 90,000 people went to see her performance between 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.
Bibi continues going strong. Her live performances are still selling out, she’s a top trending topic on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, and she makes many appearances on popular television shows. Her most recent achievement established her as the first Brazilian artist to broadcast a live performance to more than 38 movie theater screens across Brazil.
In April 14, 2013 Bibi Ferreira presented Bibi in Concert, a historic concert, at Lincoln Center in New York. Liza Minnelli was in the audience and went to stage to sing New York New York with Bibi. Liza said: “I never see anything like you. I already see a lot! Liza Minnelli compared the experience to seeing Charles Aznavour when she was 16. "I feel like someone took a big wet flounder and slapped me in the face. I never see anything like you. And I already see a lot" Minnelli said. In november of the same year, she returned to New York to present Bibi Sings Piaf – 30 years of success.
Bibi is currently performing two concerts. Bibi Sings Sinatra. She is singing Frank Sinatra repertoire. And 4 Times Bibi, where she perform four characters that she performed during her career: Edith Piaf, Amália Rodrigues, Carlos Gardel and Frank Sinatra.
Bibi Ferreira is considered the Grand Dame of Brazilian stage. During her 75-year uninterrupted career she’s been singing, acting, directing, and producing. She has unequivocally been the driving force behind Brazilian theater’s many milestones throughout the 20th century.
Born Abigail Izquierdo Ferreira on June 1, 1922, in Rio de Janeiro, her father was one of Brazil’s greatest actors, Procópio Ferreira. Her mother was Spanish ballerina Aída Izquierdo. It is therefore not surprising that Bibi was first seen on stage at just 24 days old, replacing a doll in the play Manhãs de Sol (Sunny Mornings) by Oduvaldo Viana.
As a young child Bibi traveled with her mother throughout Latin America as part of the Companhia Velasco troupe of Spanish revues. At age three she was already singing and dancing on stage, becoming known as “la niña de Velasco.” Audiences were enthralled. Bibi’s professional stage debut was at age 18 in the Italian play La Locandiera by Carlo Goldoni. Five years later she started her own theater company, Companhia de Comédias Bibi Ferreira (Comedy Company Bibi Ferreira).
During the 1950s she took her company to Portugal and performed throughout the country for five years. In the 1960s and 1970s Bibi hosted several television shows, such as Brasil 60, Brasil 61, Bibi ao Vivo, Bibi Especial, Brasil 78, and Brasil 79, just to name a few. She was boldly innovative and helped in shaping the format of studio audience shows. Her style and influence can still be seen today.
She hosted the television show Curso de Alfabetização para Adultos (Literacy Course for