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Sydney Opera House Presents Regina Spektor A Very Special Solo Performance In-The-Round

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Six years after selling out two rousing Sydney Opera House performances, New York’s Russian born dulcet-toned storyteller Regina Spektor will finally return to the Concert Hall for a very special solo performance staged in-the-round.

For one night only, the singer-songwriter’s performance will offer audiences a 360° view of her immersive show as she performs fan favourites from her breakthrough album Begin to Hope through to her latest release Remember Us to Life, as well as previewing never-before-heard songs.

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, says: “It’s a very big deal for us to be announcing such a special, one-off, in-the-round performance from the inimitable Regina Spektor. From her anti-folk roots to becoming The Strokes’ protégé, Regina has taken the mantle from greats like Fiona Apple and Tori Amos to intimately, intelligently and fiercely soundtrack the lives of her legions of devoted fans. This is a unique Concert Hall performance from a particularly affecting artist whose impressive 17-year career continues to be filled with depth, humour and perspective.”

A classically-trained pianist from an early age, Spektor’s family immigrated to New York from Russia where she continued her training and graduated with an honours degree in composition before turning her attention to song writing. Three albums later and a touring education led by rock legendsThe Strokes and Kings of Leon, Spektor received critical-acclaim for her breakthrough, Australian gold-certified album Begin to Hope (2006), where long-lasting fan favourites emerged including “On the Radio”, “Better” and “Fidelity”. Success continued with Far (2009) and What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (2012); both debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

At the heart of Regina’s albums is her ability to spin “rich modernist poetry while flitting between voices, characters and styles like a one-woman Broadway musical of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts”(The Guardian). A lover of fiction, myths and fairy tales, the Grammy-nominated chanteuse forged her own musical vision, which often left her pigeon-holed as ‘whimsical’ and ‘quirky’, words she once struggled to come to terms with. However, for every description of ‘kooky’, Spektor is equally described as a huge talent. Her off-kilter, humorous use of stories, relationships and a hybrid musical style incorporating classical music, pop, punk and vaudeville are strengths matched by her musical ability to evoke laughter and vulnerability by a simple switch of a chord change, song lyric or sound effect.

Counting the Obamas as fans, Spektor wrote the theme song for hit TV show Orange Is the New Black and, through her artistic vision, opened doors for other Sydney Opera House alumni including Laura MarlingSt. Vincent and Kate Miller-Heidke.

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