Aznavour to sing in Sofia
Penka Momchilova, BTA
9 September, 2017
Arena Armeec is set to be transformed into a French theatre, complete with special decor and a red carpet, for a 30 November concert by Charles Aznavour in Sofia. The legendary French singer, who was discovered by Edith Piaf, will present the best of his 70-year career to a limited audience of 5,500 people, who will be immersed in the atmosphere of French chanson and jazz. Besides the set and the limited number of seats sold, Aznavour’s requirements also include a host of technical details, 12 kinds of limited-edition wine brands promoted by him, a hotel equipped with a gym and a pool, as well as healthy food.
The event is realised in partnership with the French Cultural Institute.
At the age of 93, the French Frank Sinatra, as Aznavour is often called, is in amazing shape and has never stopped touring the largest music halls across the world to the enthusiastic reception of his audience. He is visiting Sofia as part of his autumn tour, which also features stops in Sydney (Hordern Pavilion), Paris (Accor Hotels Arena), Vienna (Stadthalle), London (Royal Albert Hall), etc.
On 24 August, Aznavour became the first French singer to have been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is among the longest-tenured artists on the contemporary music and theatre stage.
Aznavour’s songs are mainly about love. He has written 1,300 songs, has over 1,500 songs in his repertoire, has recorded 175 albums and appeared in more than 70 films. Aznavour sings in five languages and is one of the most popular French music artists abroad, with thousands of concerts in over 90 countries under his belt.
She, the song that earned him scores of fans worldwide and the top spot on numerous music charts, is on the soundtrack of the hit motion picture Nothing Hill. Among his many hits are Lа Mamma, La Boheme, Paris Au Mois D'aout, Tous les visages De I'amour, Et Moi Dans Mon Coin.
Born in the family of Armenian migrants as Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, he stepped into the theatre world at a very young age. He started singing at nine years old and soon after adopted the artistic name Aznavour. A key role in his professional breakthrough played Edith Piaf, who heard him sing and took him on her tour in France and the US.
Charles Aznavour has dual citizenship and is an honorary consul of Armenia to Switzerland, where he lives.