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Esmeralda of Notre Dame de Paris
Esmeralda of Notre Dame de Paris (Hunchback Musical)
Notre Dame de Paris is a popular French musical that has been translated into many different languages and has had many different casts. The show premiered in 1998 and was written by Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamondon. Esmeralda is the titular character (Notre Dame de Paris means Our Lady of Paris and refers to both The Cathedral and Esmeralda) and she appears on stage more than any other character. Out of 51 songs she is on stage for 35 of them.
This page is about the actresses who have played her throughout the multiple languages, countries and casts.
A bit Bit on Esmeralda from Notre Dame de Paris;
She doesn't know where she was born but she grew up in Provence. She dreams of returning to Andalusia as her mother spoke highly of it. She also dreams of a world without any kinds of borders. Esmeralda falls in love with Phoebus but is very close with Clopin who acts as her guardian and she develops a close bond with Quasimodo. She dislikes Frollo.
She wears two costumes a swirl pattern green dress with mismatch sleeves and a slit and a prison dress with a cowl neck, flutter sleeves, and ruffles on the skirt. These costumes vary from through the different productions of the show. Some Esmeraldas wear a third dress, a red dress with fringe at the end of sleeves which are 3/4, rose details on the skirt, and a green fringed kerchief wore at the hip. This dress is usually for promotional pictures, but was used in the Russian show during La Volupte.
(To my knowledge/research, this list is complete, if I'm missing an Esmeralda please let me know, I'm not going to cover all the London Stand-bys.)
The Original Production
Helene Segara was the first to play Esmeralda on stage in Notre Dame de Paris. Prior to Notre Dame she sang in bars in the French Riverra. After Notre Dame she became a star. Helene Segara's Esmeralda is sultry and mysterious. Segara does not play her youthful but I don't find fault with her performance as her singing is expressive and lovely. Segara also doesn't dance frequently but the few dance-like moves she performes does not look awkward.
She was born February 26, 1971 in Six-Fours-les-Plages, in the south of France. Her father is of Italian descent and mother is Armenian. She left home at the age of 14 to pursue singing. She sang in piano bars in French Rivera which expanded her repertoire. In 1993 she released her first single Loin which did not meet with much success. In 1996 she moved Paris and her career did better with Je vous aime adieu, the first single from her debut album, Coeur de verre (1996), and the duet Vivo per lei, performed with Andrea Bocelli. After Notre dame de Paris however, her career was jeopardized after she was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal cords. She underwent laser surgery to have it remove. After her recovery she released her second album in 2000 which top the charts and went Diamond. According to a poll made by the IFOP, Segara was the French people's favourite French singer at the time. In March 2003, she released a third album and two singles. Her fourth album marked a change of style for her which was more rock and she wrote the lyrics herself. The album achieved gold status three months after its release for more than 200,000 copies sold. In 2007 she released two singles and a box set with cds. She released another album in 2009 which she rewrote lyrics of well known song from all over the world. On April 25 2011, she released her latest album called Parma La Foule which made it into the top ten it's first week out.
In December 2010 Segara and the rest of the original cast did a reunion concert in Kiev, Moscow, and St Petersburg.
In Decemeber 2011 Segara and the rest of the original cast will perform another concert in France
Nadia Bel played Esmeralda in the 2005 Asian cast, understudy for Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys in the original cast, she played Esmeralda at Mogador's and was in the Canadian cast.
L'amour En Colere is the tile of her C.D single.
Noa was originally cast in the role and did a few recordings and performed in the concept concert nine months before the show premiered. She quit because her career was calling her in another direction.
She was born June 23, 1969 in Tel Aviv to a Jewish family of Yemenite descent, but she lived in New York City from age 2 till 17. She has won several awards and has released 12 albums, her latest Noapolis was released on April 12, 2011. She also worked on soundtracks including the 2006 movie Babel. Noa has performed many benefit for Peace.
Noa represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 along with Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad. The song (There Must Be Another Way) won a place in the Eurovision final on May 16 and finished in 16th place.
Julie Zenatti played Esmeralda in the second cast run in France but she is better known for playing Fleur de Lys in the original cast.
She was born February 5, 1981. She played Fleur de Lys when she was 17. She's been a judge of the reality competition X Factor France. She has released several albums, her latest Plus de Diva was released March 2010.
In December 2010 Zenatti and the rest of the original cast did a reunion concert in Kiev, Moscow, and St Petersburg.
In Decemeber 2011 Zenatti and the rest of the original cast will perform another concert in France
Shirel played Esmeralda in Mogador Cast. (Mogador is a Theater is Paris). She played the role from September 2001 to February 2003.
Shirel's birth Jennifer Jeane Djaoui, and was born on March 19, 1978. She is the daughter of Jeanne Manson and AndrÃ© Djaoui, a producer. She grew up in both California and Paris. After she finshed school she decided to reconnect with her Israeli roots. She changed her name to Shirel which is a Hebrew name which means "Song towards God". Since playing Esmeralda she has released a few albums, appeared in musicales, appeared in a film, and in 2007 worked on a television show.
Anne Meson played Esmeralda in the Morgdor Cast. She also played Fleur de Lys in the Las Vegas B Cast.
Anne Meson was born on May 12, 1975. Her mother is Russian and is an artist, dance teacher and her father is Spanish and is a musician and acrobat. Menson was the French Disney ambassador and sang songs for Oliver, Little Mermaid and Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers. Since her work with Disney, Menson has had a good career and has released many albums. She is most known for singing Part of That World on the Little Mermaid soundtrack when she is 15 years old.
France d'Amour was in a France Cast and the Canadian Cast in both Toronto and Montreal.
France d'Amour was born on March 30, 1967 in Mont-Rolland, Canada. She studied music at CollÃ¨ge Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Therese and specialized in guitar and jazz . She has played with several groups, including U-Bahn, The Answer, and France. She was in the film Les Boy III and worked on the soundtrack. She has released several albums her latest is called Champagne & Bubble Bath.
Marie-Jo Therio played Esmeralda in the Canadian Cast.
She was born October 12, 1960. She was born Moncton, New Brunswick. She was born into a music family. She started learning the piano at age 10. She left Moncton at age 17 and moved to Montreal and studied literature at the University of Montreal. She then switch to Dramatic Arts Conservatory but was later thrown out. After that she got gigs in bars. She was cast in Nelligan a romantic opera. In 1990, she set up a band During the same year, Marie-Jo was part of the casting for Les MisÃ©rables, in which she was Cossette's and Ãponine's understudy. She also played in various music festivals: Quebec, Caraquet, St-Malo, Lafayette, Manitoba. She reached the finals of the Granby Music Festival. She soon landed a part in the TV series Chambres en ville (1990). In 1995 she released her first album: Comme de la musique. Which was very successful. Her success carried over to Europe, where she gave a few concerts. In 1999 she shot the movie Full Blast. Marie-Jo also collaborated on the trash-punk soundtrack by lending her vocals to half the songs and writing one song. Her second album, entitled La maline, was released in March of 2000 to unanimous praise from both critics and the artistic community.
Corinne Zarzour played Esmeralda in France.
She is a Canadian and has been in Romeo and Juliet as Lady Capulet. Currently she is the Cirque de Soliel show Zumanity. She is the only Cirque du Soleil singer to perform topless in a show. She also has released three solo albums Three Times a Lady, 'Dentro Me, and the most recent CafÃ© Noir.
Melanie Renaud played Esmeralda in the 2005 Canadian cast. She also played Esmeralda in Paris.
Melanie Renaud born in 1982 in Haiti, and was adopted at eight months by Quebecois parents. She released her debut album in 2000 My Freedom and wrote her own lyrics. In March 2002, the album won the award for Francophone Album of the Year at the Canadian Independent Music Awards. In addition to Notre Dame de Paris she has performed in The Ten Commandments. Her second album which was self titled came out in 2005 and her most recent Firework come out in 2008.
Hiba Tawaji will play Esmeralda in the upcoming French revival cast.
She is a Lebanese singer, actress and director. She was born December 10th, 1987 in Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2015, she took part in France’s fourth season of The Voice. She finished in joint 5th and 8th place. She sings in various styles from pop, jazz and opera.
She has released two albums Sayf 840 (2009) and La Bidayi Wala Nihayi (2012). She has also been in a few musicals, most notably Don Quixote at the Byblos International Festival.
Whose your Favorite French Esmeralda?
Tina Arena played in the Oringial London Cast alongside some the Original French Cast members.
Filippina Lydia "Tina" Arena was born November 1, 1967 and she is an Australian singer, songwriter and musical theatre actress. She has had a very successful career which started in 1974 when she was 7. She was won many music awards and sang at the 2000 Summer Olympics She has released several albums and some are in French. She is based in Paris.
Patti Russo played Esmeralda in the London cast. Her first performance was on August 12, 2000.
Patricia "Patti" Russo was born May 20, 1964, in New Jersey and is an American singer/songwriter/actress. She is most known as the female lead vocalist of Meat Loaf's band, touring the world with his Neverland Express band for seventeen years. She has also sung lead vocals with groups like Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Queen. Russo has has been involved with television and has performed for charitable benefits.
Dannii Minogue played Esmeralda in the London Cast. She was cast to help boost sales.
Danielle Jane "Dannii" Minogue was born October 20,1971 and is an Australian singer, songwriter, actress, television personality, radio personality, fashion designer, model and the younger sister of Kylie Minogue. Her career started in the early 1980s with her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time and in the soap opera Home and Away. In the 1990s she turned towards music. Her musical career consists of five studio albums, six compilation albums, twenty-eight singles, and five video albums. Her self titled debut album came out in 1990 and peaked the charts at 24.
She has been a judge on X-Factor and Australia's Got Talent. Since she joined these shows she become a style icon in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In 2008 she formed her own line called Project D.
Hazel Fernandes played Esmeralda in the London Cast.
Hazel Fernandes was December 31, 1969. She studied at North London College, Camden. She is best known for her song "Number One" which is featured in the anime Bleach. She has been in numerous musicals and concerts. She has worked in television and soundtracks.
Camilla Bard played Esmeralda in the London Cast. She started as an understudy but became a principal Esmeralda. Her last performance was on October 6 2001.
She was born in Sweden and started her musical training when she was 9 years old when she was accepted to Adolf Fredriks Music School. She spent two years at the Communal Music School and one year training as a singer and actress at the Musical Theatre School, also in Sweden. She has been in a few musicals in Sweden and in a soap opera.
Which of the London Esmeraldas is you favorite?
Lola Ponce played Esmeralda in the Original Italian Cast in 2002. Like the French cast, it's one of the few performances to have an official recording and a DVD. Lola played Esmeralda as youthful and exuberant.
Lola Ponce is an Argentine singer, actress and model. She released her debut album in Argentina, Inalcanzable in 2001. There is some debate over her age some say June 25, 1977 and others say she was born in 1982. She has released three albums, her most recent a in 2010 which is self titled. In addition to music is has been in films. In addition to singing in Spanish and Italian she has recorded in English.
In the 2016 Italian tour of Notre Dame de Aria, Ponce reprised her role as Esmeralda.
Chiara Di Bari
Chiara Di Bari played Esmeralda in an Italian Cast. She also played Fleur de Lys and Esmeralda in the French Asian Tour Cast in 2005. She has also played Fleu de Lys in Italian.
She was born April 18, 1980. She started performing on stage at the age of 5. She went to University of Sapienza. She has been in films, television, and several musicals.
Sabrina De Siena
Sabrina De Siena played Esmeralda in 2008.
She was born on July 4th, 1983 in Cassino, Italy. In 2002 she obtained a diploma in Classical Studies and in October of 2005 she graduated with honors in Modern Languages Band Literatures. She started taking piano and singing lesson at the age of 8 and kept it up till she was 18. She debuted in as Mina in the musical Dracula. She also been in Cabaret, Moulin Rouge, Grease, Dirty Dancing and The Count of Monte Cristo. She has also worked in television.
Rosalia Misseri played Esmeralda in 2002 along with Lola Ponce in the Original Cast.
She was born July 6, 1979. She started singing in church as a psalmist. She taught herself to sing. She has performed in musicals and has worked in television. In 2006 Andrea Bocelli selected her for his European tour.
Federica Callori played Esmeralda in the 10th anniversary Italian Tour Cast. She is also an alternate for Esmeralda and Fiordaliso in the 2016 Italian Tour.
She was born April 22, 1990. She started singing at 12 years old. She has won many singing contests. She also performed with music groups.
Alessandra Ferrari played Esmeralda in the 10th anniversary Italian Tour Cast. She is also currently playing Esmeralda in the World Tour Cast which performs the show in English. She is also an alternate for Esmeralda and Fiordaliso in the 2016 Italian Tour.
She was born July 6, 1990. She started taking dancing at age 4 and started singing classes in 2003. She was in a rock version of Romeo and Juliet and Dance Imagination since 2009.
Leyla Martinucci played Esmeralda in an Italian cast.
She was born July 23, 1984. She began taking singing lesson at the age of 10. At 12 she won a singing contests and at the age of 13 she appeared in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. She also was in Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and part of the page in Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. After that she started studying both modern and lyrical singing styles. In September 2002 she started collaborating with Peter Stein and took part in the international tour of the show Penthesilea which toured in Modena, Madrid, Milano, Genova, Napoli, Torino.
Claudia Paganelli played Esmeralda in 2009 in an Italian cast
She began amateur acting at age 9 and started singing at 12. She premiered her voice when she was 14 at festival in Naples. At 15 she joined the company of the Teatro Bellini in Naples. In 2004 she recorded a lullaby for charity. In 2005 she performed in the muical C'era una volta...Scugnizzi.
Ilaria Andreini played Esmeralda from 2003 to 2005 in the Italian Cast.
She was born December 21, 1985 in Lucca, Italy . She began singing at a young age. She won many singing awards on the Regional and National scale. She played Sephora in The Ten Commandments.. In 2005 she placed first in The International Competition Premio Operamusical Mario Lanza on Filignano.
Which Esmeralda is you Favorite?
Tahis Ciurana played Esmeralda in the original Spanish cast in Barcelona.
She was born May 19, 1988 in Barcelona, Spain. She started her career at age 14.
Lily Dahab was the alternate in the Original Spanish cast.
She was born in Argentina. She studied music in Buenos Aires. She recorded her first album which was bolero album. She appeared in Cats and Alan Parker's Evita.
Her latest album Nomade combines her travels around European with her Argentinean roots and her Arabian ethnicity.
Which Spanish Esmeralda is your Favoite?
Bada played Esmeralda in the Oringinal Korean Cast in 2007.
Bada was born February 28, 1980 and her real name is Choi Sung-hee. She studied traditional Korean sining at Dankook University. She was the lead vocals for the group S.E.S. She has released four solo albums and two singles. Before the release of her third album, Bada started a fashion business. She's been a few musicals and in 2009 reprised her role as Esmeralda.
Her stage name is Korean for "Sea."
Oh Jin Young
or Oh Jin Yeong
Oh Jin Young played Esmeralda in the Korean Cast.
Oh Jin Young was born February 28, 1981 and she is a musical actress and she most well known for sharing a role with Pop singer Ivy in Kiss me Kate. She's also been in Ascending Biaebi Queen, Hair Spray, Music in My Heart, Jack the Ripper and Romeo and Juliet to name a few.
or Mun Hye-Won
Moon Hye-Won played Esmeralda in the Korean Cast
She is the vocalist for a female front band called Biuret.
Which Korean Esmeralda is your Favorite?
Teona Dolnikova played Esmeralda in the Original Russian Cast.
She was born August 24, 1985. She appeared in Anastasia Russian television show where she played Rada.
Svetlana Svetikova played Esmeralda in the Russian Cast.
She was born November 24, 1983 in Moscow. She started singing in a choir when she was 4 years old. She participated in numerous vocal competitions. When she was 8 years old, she became a soloist of the Moscow Children's Theater. At 15 years old she won the competition "50x50" and won a trip to Miami and vocal training. Svetlana had to sign a contract for three years, but a week before she signed on to the musical Metro.
She had a part in the 2009 animated film Alice's Birthday and provided the voice of Ariel in the Russian 1998/2006 dubs of The Little Mermaid.
She was also the featured Esmeralda in the Russian Music Video for Belle.
Diana Savelyeva play Esmeralda in the Russian cast.
Diana Savelyeva is a Ruska Roma, a Russian Romani.
Which Russian Esmeralda is your Favorite?
Janine Masse played Esmeralda in the Original Las Vegas A Cast.
She is a native New Yorker has been performed her one-woman show in several venues, including the Venetian and Paris Hotels in Las Vegas. Her favorite roles include Sheila in Hair, Janet in Rocky Horror and conquering Starlight Express.
Jessica Grove played Esmeralda in the Las Vegas B Cast and she also played Fleur de Lys in the A Cast.
She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and played as Esmeralda/Fleur de Lys when she was 18. She has performed in New York and nationally as "Dorothy" in Radio City Entertainment's The Wizard of Oz. Her other credits include Oliver National Tour, Turn of the Screw New York, and Anne Frank in Yours, Anne.
Las Vegas Poll
Which Las Vegas Esmeralda is your favorite?
Sandrine Van Handenhoven
Sandrine Van Handenhoven played Esmeralda in the Original Belgium Cast which was performed in Flemish.
She was born July 3, 1984. In 2004 she participated in the Flemish Talent Idol where she earned third place. She was offered a contact by Sony BMG. Her first album came out in 2005 and since then she has released two addition solo albums. In 2007 she formed a band and participated in the second season of Dancing with the Stars. She was also a TV announcer from 2008-2009.
Sasha Rosen played alternate Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys in the Original Belgium Cast which performed in Flemish.
She was born on May 28, 1978 in Amsterdam. She was introduced to musical at the age of 5 because her mother wrote and directed musicals. When she was ten she performed in Holland and Moscow in a muscial called Tein is the Veel (Ten is too Many). She joined the NKT (Dutch Youth Theater) and stayed for 10 years. At 18 she studied music and theater for a year at a Conservatory and she studied in England. She has been in many shows including .Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Mamma Mia (Sophie), Beauty and The Beast (Belle), Grease (Sandy), and Annie ( Lily and Grace). She also directed a children cast of Oliver. Currently she is performing in a Dinnershow in Brussels.
Which Belgium Esmeralda is your Favorite?
2011 Asian Tour Cast
Candice Parise played Esmeralda in the 2011-2012 Asian Tour Cast.
Candice Parise has been in several musicals in France and London. She went London School of Musical Theatre.
Myriam Brousseau was the alternative for Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys in the 2011-2012 Asian Tour Cast of Notre Dame de Paris
She is also currently the alternate Esmeralda in the 15th anniversary French Language Korean Tour Cast.
Asian Tour Poll
Which Asian Tour Esmeralda is your Favorite?
Alessandra Ferrari played Esmeralda in the 2012-2013 World Tour.
Myriam Brousseau was the alternative for Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys in the 2012-2013 World Tour Cast of Notre Dame de Paris
She is also currently the alternate Esmeralda in the 15th anniversary French Language Korean Tour Cast.
World Tour Poll
Which World Tour Esmeralda is your Favorite?
15th anniversary French Language Korean Tour Cast
Stéphanie Bédard as Esmeralda
Stéphanie Bédard is currently playing Esmeralda in 15th anniversary French Language Korean Tour Cast.
She was born on September 17th, 1982 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. She began her career when she was 17. In 2005 she was on Star Academy. She was in shows in Canada. In 2012 she participant in the French TV show The Voice, the most beautiful voice. She also played Marianne in the French musical of Robin Hood which premiered on September 26th 2013.
Myriam Brousseau as Esmeralda
She is also currently the alternate Esmeralda in the 15th anniversary French Language Korean Tour Cast. This is the first time she has done the show in French
Myriam Brousseau was the alternative for Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys in the 2012-2013 World Tour Cast of Notre Dame de Paris. These tours were performed in English.