Biography

Dahlia Dior is a singer of enormous vitality and energy, and her unique vocal talents have gained her international acclaim. Dahlia can authentically sing and interpret songs from all over the world, and is indeed one of the most versatile vocalists, singing in many different styles and languages.

Dahlia has performed internationally at the world famous Paris Olympia, prominent clubs in London’s West End, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. In Australia Dahlia toured with Jan Pierce and the Zim Brothers, and performed on the bill with Ray Charles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Matt Monroe, Col Joye, and the Four Kingsmen. Dahlia’s multi-ethnic repertoire was particularly popular on cruise ships around the Mediterranean and South East Asia, and international corporate functions.

Dahlia has successfully performed her one woman show Chansons d’Amour at the Tilbury Hotel, School of Arts Café, Hakoah Club, Woodfire Cabaret, and in Lido style with the Dance Encore Dancers at the Canberra Casino. The show, written and produced by Dahlia, was a tribute to 100 years of French Cabaret and received critical acclaim. As one music critic was moved to write:

“Dior was the perfect choice around which to build the Canberra Casino’s supper club’s first show. She has appeared at the School of Arts café in two very successful seasons of her one woman show, Chansons d’Amour, and with her knowledge of French cabaret offers audiences “something for the mind” amidst the visual entertainment offered by a small troupe of dancers…” The Canberra Times

Other shows have included Rendezvous in Paris (a tribute to Edith Piaf), Gypsy Soul (a musical cavalcade of gypsy music from around the world in Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, French, Czech, Ladino, Yiddish and English), Sephardic Soul (highlighted songs from 15th century Spain and the Middle East), Cabaret de Paree, Musical Hits of the Century, Jazz at Jaffas, and Blues, Jazz and Razzamatazz.

Dahlia’s debut CD, Ladino Gloriozo, is a tribute to Judeo-Spanish music and is sung in Ladino, the Spanish of early Sephardic Spain. Dahlia traces her ancestry to 15th century Spain and has produced this CD in an effort to preserve the wonderful music, culture and language of that era, and so keep alive her unique musical heritage.

Dahlia also has a very keen interest in exploring how music can be used as a tool for peace and reconciliation in these troubled times, and has graduated with a Masters Degree at Macquarie University, the subject of her thesis being – Sephardic Song: A Bridge Between Cultures.

Currently, apart from her musical performances, Dahlia is combining her academic achievements with her musical talents as a lecturer/performer to demonstrate how Sephardic song can be used as a valuable tool to overcome cultural differences. These informative and entertaining lectures are suitable for presentation at universities, interfaith seminars, educational cruises, and study groups.