Laura Pausini, the best kept secret in the music industry. Pausini is known by millions of people in Latin America and Europe, but she is not a household name in the English speaking world... yet.
The first time I heard Pausini’s voice, I was instantly enchanted by her powerful yet silky smooth vocal skills, as well as her songs’ lyrics, but as she was performing in Spanish, I was certain that she was a Latin artist. A couple of clicks on Google, and I discovered that she is actually an Italian singer, with four Latin Grammy Awards under her belt (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), who launched her career in 1993 by winning first place at the famous Festival of San Remo, the same platform which introduced audiences around the globe to the song ‘Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu’ better known as ‘Volare.’
Pausini hails from the northern region of Emilia-Romania famous for its Etruscan ancestry, composer Giuseppe Verdi, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, the Ferrari, the Lamborghini, Balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano cheese, and the Aussie culinary favourite, Spaghetti Bolognese, among a plethora of other accolades, things and famous people.
This year, for the first time in her 20+ year career, Pausini brought her Greatest Hits World Tour to Australia. Opening for her at the Margaret Court Arena, was Italo-Australian comedian, Joe Avati, who warmed up the predominantly Italian audience with a repertoire mostly composed of Italian vs Australian lifestyle comparisons. Whilst quite funny, perhaps it would have been better received if some of the punchlines weren’t delivered in the Calabrese dialect. Avati is however very gregarious and quite a presence onstage, which made up for the over-the-head bits due to the language gap.
Soon after Avati’s standup, a very energetic group of musicians and dancers, spearheaded by guitar manning Laura Pausini, launched into a powerful first set. Pausini’s voice echoed through the arena, causing for the already pumped audience to lose its proverbial marbles, and equal her voice's decibels with screams of delight and utter adoration. This initial overwhelming reaction by the audience was indication enough for anyone who didn’t know her until this particular performance that, Laura Pausini is a vocal force to be reckoned with.
The Margaret Court Arena is large, but it’s also quaint enough that, after the first set, Pausini was able to easily interact with her fans. She spoke with people as if she had known them for years, even though it was the first time she had set eyes on them. In a relaxed and familiar tone, she painted a verbal portrait of her childhood, her close knit family and the road which she had to travel to her current career state. The stories she weaved, accompanied by photos projected on the big screen, led the audience through the years and the milestones of Pausini’s life. By the end, not only did we all walk away with a better knowledge of who Pausini is as a person, but also how each song reflected her life's experiences.
Performing her career’s top hits, from ‘La Solitudine’ to ‘Limpido’, in Italian, Spanish, French and English (yes, she speaks all these languages fluently), Laura Pausini brought down the house, totally rocking Melbourne, and she showered it with positive vibes as well. With messages of unconditional love for all, Pausini stated that her love songs know no barriers, that they are intended to touch everyone’s heart, and should be used as tools for men to express affection to women, as well as women to men, men to men and women to women. One love for all. So, a fabulous artist and a great human being. Laura Pausini must cross over into the English speaking market. She just must!
One World Entertainment presents
The Greatest Hits World Tour
Venue: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Date: 13 February 2015