Today, I was invited to Dubai Opera to see the Formidable! Aznavour show. The show is a tribute to the legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, who sold more than 180 million records during his lifetime. A very impressive number, even after today’s Streaming Age measures. His love songs probably are the most famous, counting classics such as She, but you probably also recognize the hook from Parce que tu crois, which has been sampled in Dr Dre’s What’s the difference and Blu Cantrell’s Breathe.
I think the Opera in Dubai is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. There is often a tendency to go a bit over the top with gold and marble down here (just because they can), but the Opera has a sleek, simplistic look, that I really like.
I have visited the Opera before, but it was the first time, that I was inside the concert hall, and from my seat right in the middle down at row 11, I had a great view of what was happening on the stage. I had expected Formidable! to be a typical musical, but it turned out to be more of a cavalcade of the most popular songs defining Aznavour’s musical career. It was a very intimate concert, and the last part was performed in close dialogue with the, mostly French speaking, audience. The last 15 minutes was like one big French sing-along, before the show ended with She and some encores.
Happy Valentine’s Day!