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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Modern Piaf' Comes to Moscow

Patricia Kaas, the French pop singer who has been called a Gallic Madonna, a Marlene Dietrich for the 1990s and a modern Edith Piaf, is scheduled to perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg in late September and early October.


The performances in Russia -- on Sept. 27 and 28 in Moscow and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in St. Petersburg - will cap Kaas' 1993-94 "Tour de Charme," a worldwide tour that has included 200 concerts in 20 countries, including Britain, the United States, Vietnam and Cambodia, since starting last September.


Kaas, who has wooed audiences with her mixture of classic French ballads, cabaret songs and blues, has sold more than 5 million albums around the world since being "discovered" as a teenager by French screen heartthrob Gerard Depardieu.


Now 27, she has had a string of international hits and has acquired a reputation as France's most charismatic live performer since the legendary Edith Piaf.


The youngest of seven children born to a coal-miner father and his German wife, Kaas has become particularly popular in Russia, where her songs are often played on the radio.


Radio Nostalgie, a French-Russian radio station, receives several requests every day to air her songs, said Lev Polyakov, the station's commercial director.


Evropa Plus Radio, one of the sponsors of Kaas' Russian tour, also receives daily calls from Kaas' Russian fans.


"The reason that Patricia Kaas is popular in Russia is that Russians have always equated the image of a perfect woman with a French woman," said Rita Nabokova, a host and a program manager of Evropa Plus.


During each of her two-and-a-half-hour concerts in Russia, Kaas will perform about 30 songs -- three in English, the others in French -- and will change sets and costumes six times, said Igor Gouskov, spokesman for the singer's Russian tour.


The Moscow concerts will be held at Olympiisky Stadium; in St. Petersburg, they will be at SKK Concert Hall.


"This will be a high-class show," Gouskov said, ranking Kaas' tour on the same calibre of the recent Liza Minelli and Ray Charles performances in Moscow.


Regular tickets for the concerts, now on sale, range in price from $5 to $75. Tickets for a special V.I.P section directly in front of the stage cost $200 to $250, and include access to a cocktail party with Kaas before the concert, Gouskov said.


The singer's concerts in Russia are being organized by the French-American-Russian East-West Concert Production Company and sponsored by Evropa Plus Radio Station, the Palace Hotel, Phillips, Coca Cola and L'Oreal.


For ticket information, contact 288-3777 in Moscow or 812-274-3705 in St. Petersburg.