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TINA Arena will for the first time perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra later this year.
Tina was visiting Adelaide for a corporate gig last night - and took some time out for a chat with Confidential.
"Adelaide is unfamiliar from an orchestral perspective so I think the fact that I get a chance to come here to a city that has always been incredibly respectful of the arts ... the thing that particularly excites me is the opportunity to work with the Adelaide Symphony which will be my first time," she says.
"They're always a very interesting bunch of human beings."
From her humble beginnings in Moonee Ponds and a career-defining slot on Young Talent Time in the early '80s, Tina last year received one of France's highest honours for her contribution to culture and the arts.
She was presented with the Ordre National du Merite (the National Order of Merit) in Paris.
Victorian-based Tina, who is of Italian heritage, brings a little bit of Europe with her on her travels as she intersperses her thoughts with French.
Comparing her songs to fine wines, Tina says some only get better with time.
"Chains is something that I have really learnt to respect and appreciate with time," she says.
"It's like an old wine.
"It has just got better, like a beautiful Cotes du Rhone that's been sitting in the `cave' for the last 20 years ... or an incredible Bordeaux.
"Those songs are timeless.
"Sorrento Moon is timeless. Chains is timeless. Wasn't It Good is timeless.
"Even Burn, the second and third records, they are like art for me.
"I'm proud of them. To be able to do them in a collaborative way with my rhythm section who are used to playing those songs to then have an orchestra play those songs that has a completely different perspective on it ... it's very interesting to see that fusion."
Tina performs on August 1, at 8pm, at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Bookings through BASS.