Lara Fabian has spent the last few years giving her best advice to young artists at La Voix and Star Academy on TV. On Tuesday evening, on the Videotron Center stage, she put her own teachings into practice during a remarkable master class.
She is not one of the great voices of the Francophonie for nothing. In front of a receptive and admiring crowd – the ovations and “we love you Lara” were distributed without restraint – Lara Fabian showed that the power and mastery of her vocal cords are unparalleled.
From the start, in a cozy atmosphere and only accompanied by a pianist, she offered a splendid interpretation of I won't stop loving you.
Already, the public was won over and the Belgian-Quebec star was not going to stop there. Moments later, the double formed by I still believe and If you love me took their concert to the next level.
As for his recovery of I am sick, of a rare intensity, it caused shivers in the stands. And another ovation.
Postponed twice because of the pandemic, this reunion with the public of Quebec was obviously eagerly awaited. More than 7,500 people showed up for the occasion, far more than the 6,400 people announced during his previous visit to the Videotron Center in October 2018.
In return, in a staging sober, but in good taste, his admirers were served only successes. These were selected from his extensive repertoire, with particular emphasis on his 1990s albums, Carpe Diem and Pure.
Lara Fabian had also invited the academicians Félix Lemelin, who provided the first part, and Audrey-Louise Beauséjour. Each was entitled to his duet with the one who was their mentor.
The first held the note well on Tu t'en vas, while the second, whose ousting from Star Académie had caused controversy this winter, was able to console himself by getting a standing ovation after singing Pas sans toi.
No to censorship
Throughout the evening, revisiting her successes was an opportunity for Lara Fabian to redo the thread of her personal story, but also to go there with a subtle link with recent news when she presented The Difference, a success that caused him trouble in Russia because of his call for tolerance towards the gay community.
« Whenever I am forbidden to sing this song, and I swear it will happen, I will remember the power of music and I will know that love will always win against violence and censorship,” she said.
She also had good words for her late compatriot Maurane, to whom she paid tribute by singing their duet You are my other.
Before taking leave by delivering the essential I love you, the star allowed himself a last gift to his students when a dozen academicians joined him as vocal support to a dynamic Seize the day.
Great voice and generous. What more could you ask for?