I recently was able to see the former first lady of France in concert at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is an Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model who is married to the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She is also the heiress to CEAT, an Italian tire manufacturing company founded by her grandfather, Virginio Bruni Tedeschi.
Carla was involved for many years with humanitarian and charity work. She became a world ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against HIV in 2008. There is something that is so refreshing about entertainers that actually give back to people and do not simply hide behind hotel doors. This is a quality that Carla has that people can relate too.
I did not find out about this concert until the morning she was going to perform. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase two seats together for this show because it was almost sold out for that evening. Carla ended up facing humiliation after cancelling her North American tour because of appalling ticket sales. I’m glad to see that her ticket sales are improving for her.
When I first arrived at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the parking lot only had one pay machine available and it was a forty five minute wait just to pay for parking. When I was standing in line, I noticed that it looked like a very upper class group of people. A lot of people looked like they were dressed for a night at the opera. The Luckman is a pretty intimate setting and the songs she painted, though not always in English, made you want to visit her country and also learn French language.
Carla Bruni’s voice was fantastic. She mainly sung using her stronger lower register and some half-spoken asides which are effective and intimately atmospheric. I found her songs to be pretty unforgettable. She did a great job delighting the crowd with her mixture of French lyrics as if she was a magical elf from another world. Her adorable voice and songs captured the audience as she held them in the palm of her hand for the entire evening. It was like being in the presence of royalty and there was a great buzz of excitement with in the crowd.
Carla’s lyrics are about living life. They’re full of desire and loneliness but also fun and joy. All of these emotions were felt throughout the concert. If you ever have the opportunity to see Carli Bruni in concert, I highly suggest you do. It was such a great experience and I hope I am able to experience it again in my life.