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Sparrow From Avignon Flies In
October 29, 2010   
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She had been dubbed the “Sparrow from Avignon.” A performing artist for over four decades, she has recorded almost 1,200 songs in 11 languages and released 100 albums which have sold 150 million copies worldwide. French chanteuse Mireille Mathieu will give a concert at the Kongresowa Hall in Warsaw Nov. 28.

Mathieu was born in 1946 in Avignon, southern France, as the oldest of 14 children. She went to work at an envelope factory at the age of 14 in order to help her parents support the family, but all the time she dreamed of a singing career, her idols being Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. She found a strong supporter in her father, who kept telling Mireille she had the most beautiful voice in the world.

In 1962, Mathieu entered a local song contest for the first time, but success would not come until two years later. In 1964, she sang Edith Piaf’s “La vie en rose” in a contest called On chante dans mon quartier and won first prize. The following year, impresario Johnny Stark took her under his wing. Enchanted by the young singer’s powerful and expressive voice, he was determined to turn her into a star.

Mathieu’s debut album was released in 1966 and spawned such hits as “Mon credo,” “Viens dans ma rue” and “Qu’elle est belle.” Her career took off. She gave her first concert at the legendary Olympia in Paris and then went on to tour Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. She performed at gala concerts alongside the likes of Placido Domingo, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow.

The latest concert tour marks 45 years since Mathieu’s stage debut. Audiences at the Kongresowa Hall are sure to hear many of her greatest hits.


Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq., entrance C
Concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets zl.150, 250, 350, 450 and 550, available at www.ticketonline.pl, www.ticketpro.pl
and Kongresowa Hall ticket office, open weekdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On concert days, open until concert starts. Cash only, no reservations.
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