French star to deliver tender tribute

Last updated 10:28 02/06/2010
Caroline Nin
CLASSY: Caroline Nin gives a spine-tingling and moving interpretation of Edith Piaf.

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Caroline Nin is a classic femme fatale.

She is one who charms, intrigues and fills your imagination with a plethora of images, stories and memories.

As Diva magazine once commented, she "has the appearance of a 1940s movie goddess ... this woman is the epitome of style and class".

Originally from Paris, Nin established herself during a sojourn in Britain as one of the leading singers of French material in the country.

And now she is giving Nelsonians a chance to hear songs from one of her greatest idols, Edith Piaf – "the little sparrow".

Theatre establishment manager Guy Boyce says Hymne a Piaf is a frank, tender tribute to France's most famous chanteuse.

"It is a spine-tingling and moving revelation. Nin's eloquent features, attentive diction and spirited singing breathe new life into some of Piaf's most well-known songs."

Though this is not a Piaf impersonation but a homage, with famous anthems such as La vie en Rose, Hymne a l'amour and Padam all interpreted in Nin's jazz-inflected tone.

After sellout seasons at the Sydney Opera House and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Nin comes to Nelson to draw the audience into the uplifting and tragic world of Edith Piaf.

  • Hymne a Piaf by Caroline Nin at the Theatre Royal, Wednesday June 9, 7.30pm, tickets from $32.50 to $50 at Everyman, everyman.co.nz, 5483083.

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