Media Release: Monday, November 23, 2009
The legendary Marianne Faithfull to make her solo concert debut at Sydney Opera House
“Faithfull has carved a niche as a gifted and idiosyncratic interpreter embedded in the present but engaged with the past…she gives herself over to her songs completely while remaining indelibly, recognizably herself.” Pitchfork
Tickets on-sale December 4
Sixties rock survivor Marianne Faithfull will make her solo Sydney Opera House debut in a rare concert on February 3 as part of Adventures 2010.
The legendary UK icon will join other stellar artists including Antony and the Johnsons, American filmmaker John Waters and Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Beautiful as part of the Opera House’s international program of innovative performing arts.
The full Adventures program for 2010 will be announced in February.
Performing with her stunning eight-piece band, Faithfull will cover hits from her entire career – from Sister Morphine to Broken English – as well as songs from her critically acclaimed new release produced by the legendary Hal Willner, Easy Come, Easy Go.
Subtitled 18 Songs for Music Lovers, the album is Faithfull’s 22nd and was recorded at the famous Sear Sound recording studios in New York.
An Evening with Marianne Faithfull will also feature a diverse range of songs written by legendary artists including Nick Cave, Morrisey, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington and more.
Faithfull enjoys a cult-like following due largely to her early rock career and infamous off-stage history, as the former girlfriend of Mick Jagger.
Sydney is part of that history after an incident in 1969 when she took 150 sleeping pills at a Potts Point hotel and miraculously woke up six days later in St Vincent’s Hospital.
Setting herself aside from her contemporaries in her continuing quest to explore new creative areas, Faithfull’s career has always been a positive process of self-assertion.
While the defining statements of many artists are made during their early years, Faithfull continues to develop her own voice.
A cunning and adept connoisseur of songs, Faithfull effortlessly stamps her own identity on every song she sings.
Charismatically teasing beauty from sadness, each interpretation is at once dark, dazzling and exhilarating.
“she is an adventurous interpreter of rock, jazz and wounded cabaret, delivered in a raw, whiskey-nicotine wail.” LA Times
SEASON DETAILS: An Evening with Marianne Faithfull
Date & Time: February 3 at 8pm
Venue: Concert Hall
Tickets: From $59
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121
Marianne Faithfull will also perform at The Tivoli, Brisbane on January 30, The Forum, Melbourne from February 5 – 7 and Beck’s Music Box, Perth on February 9.