Astoria Resident Debuts On Broadway Stage
Elena Mindlina came from Russia to Astoria two years ago to pursue a singing career in New York City. She made her Broadway debut Monday July 21 at Town Hall in a performance of "Broadway's Rising Stars", directed by Scott Siegel.
Mindlina sang "If You Love Me" ("Hymne A L'amour"), music by Marguerite Monnot, lyrics by Edith Piaf, in both English and French. "I listened to a CD of Edith Piaf singing this song in French to prepare for the part," Mindlina said. She was rewarded with a standing ovation.
"Elena's mother traveled half way around the world to see her daughter perform on the Town Hall stage," Siegel told the packed audience.
While speaking not a word of English, Mindlina's mother, a geologist in Russia, was assisted by her daughter's Astoria roommate, Verena Knoll, a graphic artist who settled in Astoria after coming to America four years ago from Austria.
Mindlina's father is a Russian violinist and Mindlina has a master's degree in performing and teaching (violin) from the State Saratov Conservatory, Russia. Her professional training in the U.S. was completed at the New York City campus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Mindlina loves living in Astoria and feels that the residents are very friendly. She also loves the international flavor of the borough of Queens with so many people living here who are from so many different parts of the world.