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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 9 December 2018

Suzanne Vega brings three decades of classic folk-pop to Dubai Opera

American singer-songwriter will perform a set of her greatest hits

Suzanne Vega will perform a one-night only concert at the Dubai Opera on July 5. Courtesy Dubai Opera
Suzanne Vega will perform a one-night only concert at the Dubai Opera on July 5. Courtesy Dubai Opera

Acclaimed American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is to perform a one-off concert at Dubai Opera on July 5.

Considered one of the finest songwriters of her generation, Vega first emerged in the early '80s as a folk-revivalist, endearing herself to audiences with her melodic musings on life and love on her acoustic guitar.

The New Yorker released her self-titled debut album in 1985 but soared to chart superstardom with the 1987 follow-up, Solitude Standing. Nominated for three Grammy Awards, the platinum album produced hits such as Luka, the story of an abused boy, and Tom's Diner, which was later remixed into a club hit by UK electronic group DNA in 1990.

Now 58, Vega has released nine studio albums, most recently Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, in 2016, from her one-woman play about the American writer, Carson McCullers Talks About Love. She won a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Album Package for Days of Open Hand and has sold more than seven million albums worldwide to date.

Vega is credited with inspiring a new generation of female singer/songwriters and continues to play sold-out concerts around the world. With more eclectic projects on the horizon, she shows no signs of hanging her guitar up just yet.

Jasper Hope, chief executive of Dubai Opera, said: “I am so delighted the legendary Suzanne Vega has agreed to grace the Dubai Opera stage this July and I know the audiences here are in for a real treat.”

Tickets are priced from Dh195 and will go on sale on May 16 from 4pm, at www.dubaiopera.com. An early bird offer of a 20 per cent discount is available before May 30 on VIP, Gold and Platinum seats, with prices from Dh156.

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