Tina Arena : biography
August 2008 saw Arena performing with Andrea Bocelli during his Australian tour.Undercover FM. Retrieved on 23 November 2012 The two performed well received duets of "The Prayer", "Canto della Terra" and a cover of Elvis Presley’s "Can’t Help Falling in Love". Prior to the tour she had been in the UK recording her eighth studio album Songs of Love & Loss 2, which was released on 15 November 2008. (26 July 2008). Tina Arena official website. Retrieved on 26 July 2008. For this album, her vocals were recorded live with the London Studio Orchestra, again conducted by Hale.Hale, Simon. Simon Hale Official Website. Retrieved on 3 September 2008. Alongside fellow Australian singer and songwriter Darren Hayes, Arena appeared as a guest judge during the London auditions of Australian Idol’s sixth season. The episode featuring Arena and Hayes aired on 27 August 2008.Take 40. Take 40 Official Website. Retrieved on 23 November 2012 She again appeared as a guest judge on 16 November while she was in Australia to promote Songs of Love & Loss 2.
In March 2009, Arena toured Australia in support of her album Songs of Love & Loss 2 and also appeared as a surprise guest performer at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party singing a medley of "Aimer jusqu’à l’impossible" and "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" at 3 am accompanied by Alison Jiear on the latter.Setlist FM. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. Arena also traveled back to South Australia to headline "Barossa Under The Stars", an outdoors concert with American musician, Chris Isaak.stockjournal.com.au. Retrieved on 20 June 2013.
2009 also saw the release of Arena’s first French greatest hits album, The Best & le meilleur, and The Peel Me Sessions, an album of original material recorded in 2003 and later materialised as an official release.
2010–2012: Young Talent Time Revival and Australian Symphony Orchestra Tour
Arena and Boyzone member, Ronan Keating joined forces as they became headliners for the "A Day On The Green" outdoor concert festival. The two performed songs from their latest respective albums and was joined by Australian Idol season 4 winner, Damien Leith.perthnow.com.au. Retrieved on 20 June 2013.watoday.com.au. Retrieved on 20 June 2013.
A live CD and DVD was released in Australia on January 2010, The Onstage Collection, where the album peaked at #22 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums chart. The live record marked Tina Arena’s 8th Top 10 album on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart as well. On 24 July 2011, Arena sang the Australian National Anthem on the podium of the Tour de France after the victory of Cadel Evans.Herald Sun. Tour and Cadel waited for Tina Arena. Retrieved on 23 November 2012.Fox Sports. Tina Arena toasts Cadel Evans. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. Arena has been confirmed as a judge on the upcoming French version of The Sing-Off.A Cappella News. Le Sing-Off. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. She also appeared as a judge on the 2012 version of Young Talent Time in Australia, twenty-nine years after her final regular appearance on the original series. She has just also finished her sold-out 2012 Australian Tour backed by various Australian symphony orchestras to which Anthony Callea was a special guest. Arena expressed her thoughts when performing with an orchestra as she said: "They are precious, those moments where the orchestra swells behind you, they are difficult to describe in words and from an adrenalin perspective it is a sensational feeling."couriermail.com.au. Retrieved on 23 June 2013.Noise11. Callea to rejoin Arena on Encore Concerts. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. This year also saw the release of her fourth CD/DVD media set called ‘Symphony Of Life’ recorded from one of her sold out concerts in Melbourne.theinsoundfromwayout.com. Retrieved on 16 December 2012.