Jazz singer Nah Youn-sun will hold a solo concert at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on March 25. "I feel very nervous as it is my first time singing in such a prestigious venue despite having been on various stages across Europe," Nah told the Chosun Ilbo on Thursday.
The Théâtre du Châtelet opened in 1862 and hosted world-class opera, classical music and ballet events. It was once the largest opera house in the city with 3,000 seats and helped launch the careers of composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky. Today, it is run by the city and hosts the Orchestre de Paris as well as the London Philharmonia Orchestra. Its classic design attracts numerous tourists each year.
Nah's invitation to the theater secures her place as a top performing artist in France. "It still hasn't sunk in because it's been the place of my dreams ever since I came to France to study jazz in 1995," she said. "I can't believe I'll be there in a month. I've performed at most of the famous jazz festivals in Europe, but this solo concert is at another level."
Nah was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, a first for a Korean pop musician, in 2009, and has ranked high on European jazz charts. Her latest album, the first in three years, will be released next month.