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Madeleine Peyroux set for Middle Eastern debut at the Royal Opera House Muscat / The National

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When you are in the middle of a world tour, venues can often blend into each other. But when it comes to Amsterdam's hallowed rock venue, Paradiso, Madeleine Peyroux is almost misty-eyed. Talking exclusively to The National before her recent gig there, the American soulstress recalled busking outside the venue during her travels in her youth. "It is amazing," she says. "I had a great time just doing it for me and I always dreamed I would play here. This is a special thing."

The 42-year-old is about to notch another career milestone by making her Middle Eastern debut, with a performance at the Royal Opera House Muscat on Thursday night. She told us about her acclaimed new covers album, Secular Hymns, and the responsibility as a singer has when stepping onto the stage.

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