Resource Logo
Agence France-Presse

George Michael rocks Paris Opera at AIDS fundraiser




 

PARIS, Sept 10, 2012 (AFP) - George Michael on Sunday became the first pop singer to play a gig at the Paris Opera, with a special gala concert backed by a symphony orchestra for the AIDS related charity Sidaction.

The British star, on top form and fully recovered from a bout of pneumonia which forced him to postpone his Symphonica tour of the UK and Europe last year, filled the majestic 2,000-seat Palais Garnier, management said.

He performed a selection of his biggest hits and American standards before the swaying crowd, winding up with an explosive finale of "Freedom" and "White Light".

Tickets for the concert went at up to 1,300 euros with a special dinner thrown in. An auction raised 68,000 euros, with a dinner for six with George Michael at his London home bringing in 31,000 euros.

After the show some 250 celebrities met George Michael at the invitation of organisers Line Renaud and Pierre Berge.

Berge, the companion of late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and co-founder of Sidaction, declared: "The only vaccine against AIDS is the condom" while singer and entertainer Renaud praised George Michael as having always promoted "sex without risks".

The concert and dinner swelled the coffers of Sidaction by some 289,000 euros.



 


Copyright © 2012 -Agence France-Presse, Publisher. All rights reserved to AFP articles contained on the AEGiS web site may not be reproduced, distributed,transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without AFP's prior written permission. You may make one copy of each article for your personal, non-commercial use only; more copies would require AFP's prior written permission obtained from the owners of any trademarks or copyrighted materials whose marks and materials are included in AFP photos or materials. Therefore you will be solely responsible for obtaining any and all necessary releases from whatever individuals and/or entities necessary for any uses of AFP stories, photos or graphics Agence France-Presse

Information in this article was accurate in September 10, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.