Nothing’s official yet, but word has it that Israeli promoters are working hard to bring diva Celine Dion to Israel this summer.
According to the Ynet news website, more than one local concert promoter is in talks with Dion, whose shows reportedly cost $5 million to $6 million apiece.
The French-Canadian star rose to fame as a preteen, when her manager and future husband, René Angélil, famously mortgaged his home to finance her first record.
Angélil, 26 years older than Dion, who is now 48, died from cancer in January 2016. Dion’s brother died two days later. The singer, who spends much of the year performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, returned to the stage in February and will be appearing there throughout the spring of 2017, according to her official website.
She released a new French album, “Encore un soir,” (“One More Night”) last August, featuring 15 tracks performed in French.
Dion, one of the best-selling Canadian artists, with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide, has been criticized for producing sentimental pop music (Rolling Stone Magazine), with her “thin, slightly nasal” voice (The New York Times).
It’s also been noted that her French releases tend to be deeper and more meaningful than her English-language music.
“Encore un soir” topped the charts in France, Quebec and the French-speaking parts of Switzerland after its May 2016 release.