20 in Canada. [43] John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Amorosi, Human Nature and Julie Anthony were some of the other Australian artists who appeared at the opening ceremony and contributed to the various artists' album, The Games of the XXVII Olympiad: Official Music from the Opening Ceremony (September 2000). [15][20][222], In the late-1990s, Arena relocated from Australia to reside in Paris, France. She also said, "Tina Arena has a powerhouse voice and when she hits her marks, she hits them with forcefulness and verve. Prince's production won seven Tony Awards when it moved to Broadway after originally opening in London's West End, and it became the template for subsequent productions of the musical for the following quarter of a century. [137][138] She was also a participant, with partner Damian Whitewood, in the 13th Australian season of Dancing with the Stars which commenced in September 2013 and nominated Barnardos Australia as her charity; the pair finished in third place. [159] [90][91][92], Arena performed at G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala on 11 January 2014. Filipino artists Nina and Christian Bautista recorded a duet version of "Burn" that appeared on Nina's album Nina Live! Nationality: American. Your email address will not be published. "[18] She had relocated to LA in 1991 where she took more singing lessons and started song writing. [74] After judging the talent shows, she finished her national Australian tour backed by various Australian symphony orchestras with Anthony Callea as a special guest. In 2009, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit – presented by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture, and ceremoniously awarded by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. [18][25][26] The success of the record made her a "priority artist" for Sony, who marketed her in the US. [30] In the following month she issued her first compilation album, Souvenirs, which reached the ARIA top 40. In January 2010, Arena and Irish singer, Ronan Keating (of Boyzone), were co-headliners for an outdoor concert festival, A Day on the Green, at Swan Valley. [48] Other accolades she earned were Variety Club Entertainer of the Year, an Advance Australia Foundation award, and a World Music Award. And I was touched because I was an ethnic girl, of ethnic blood but that WAS Australian. [35] Her second French language single was a cover version of "Les trois cloches" (English: "The Three Bells", January 2000), which reached No. [97][98], In 2011, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded a Knighthood of the French National Order of National Merit, presented by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture, and ceremonially awarded by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. In August 2008, Arena performed with Andrea Bocelli during his Australian tour. "[70] She appeared in Cabaret in August that year in Sydney in the lead role of Sally Bowles.[58][69]. [53][54] The third and final single from the album, "Tu aurais dû me dire (Oser parler d'amour)" (English: "You Should Have Told Me (Dare to Speak of Love)"), was issued in October. The review, Evita review: Don't cry for Tina Arena's timely Eva states, "What you do get is a show with renewed currency about the rise and demise of one of Latin America's most intriguing and controversial figures, Eva Peron. "[186], The Victorian tour leg of the Evita Australian tour was at the State Theatre at the Arts Centre Melbourne, from 5 to 30 December 2018 following the Sydney Opera House premiere season. Melbourne singer/songwriter, Michael Paynter hailed Arena as "simultaneously the most natural and supernatural female Australian voice ever. 13. [121] It was preceded in September by its lead single, "I Want to Love You". [20] She recalled, "I had gotten used to singing other people's songs, but this time they are my songs and my experience so I can sing them like I mean it. In 2009, Arena reached to the status of first Australian to be awarded the “knighthood. Arena has earned several international and national awards, including seven ARIA Awards, and two World Music Awards for 'Best-selling Australian Artist', which she received in 1996 and in 2000. Capturing the visual evolution of Arena's artistry, beginning in 1974 for the-then eight-year-old child performer on the Australian family-entertainment television musical live talent show Young Talent Time. 22 on the ARIA Albums Chart. 12 in New Zealand. In October 2013, Arena released her first English album of original material in eleven years, titled Reset. "[204] Spiritworks Australia says, "Whether she's singing spine-tingling renditions of contemporary classics by Lulu, Dusty Springfield or Blondie or her self-penned hits Sorrento Moon, Chains or Burn, Tina Arena is acclaimed as one of the world's most versatile and magnificent vocal interpreters. [130][131], On Australia Day, 26 January 2017, at the Australia Day Concert: Live at The Sydney Opera House, Arena joined a collection of Australia's best talent, including Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, children's group The Wiggles, and others, performing contemporary tunes and tributes to the great songs of Australia's past. The prestigious award recognises "members of the music industry who, by their tireless efforts and charitable works, have made a difference and enriched the fabric of the broader Australian community". [6], Arena was born to Giuseppe "Joe" Arena and Francesca "Franca" Catalfamo (both from Valguarnera, Sicily), Italian immigrants, in Melbourne on 1 November 1967. This album debuted at No. Be convinced in the argument of your thoughts and your dreams". [31] For this album, her vocals were recorded live with the London Studio Orchestra, again conducted by Hale. [177][178] Arena said that she was "terrified", but described the role as "a precious gift for myself and for any female performer." She sells the lyrics with her big voice but never over-sings." Music journalist Ed Nimmervoll commented that Arena "has a voice that can give you goosebumps",[32] while news journalist Kate de Brito says that it is "smooth and musical even when she talks.