Hear America singing!
20 September 2013
From November 22 to 24, Renée will join with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to host a truly unprecedented festival: American Voices. Great American singers from all musical genres will gather with fledgling artists and music industry leaders to celebrate the legacy and landscape of singing in America. Iconic vocalists will perform in a once-in-a-lifetime concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, and 3 days packed with master classes, panel discussions, and symposiums will examine what it means to be an American singer.
Guilty Pleasures has arrived!
18 September 2013
"Vocalism so sumptuous... listeners will find themselves begging for more."
The first review is in, from San Francisco Classical Voice: "Renée Fleming has been on a recording roll of late. First came the Grammy Award–winning Poèmes, a gorgeous disc of French masterpieces that includes a superb, sensually inflected version of Ravel’s Shéhérazade. Then followed, among other titles, a live DVD recording of her role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos that displays her impeccable, soaring Straussian line in all its glory. Now, just three months later, comes Guilty Pleasures, a luscious grab bag of songs and arias that allows Fleming to indulge in personal favorites — music she has long wanted to record." Jason Victor Serinus
Renée Fleming to Sing ‘Streetcar’ at Los Angeles Opera
6 September 2013
photo by Todd Rosenberg
September 4, 2013 | New York Times
Woody Allen brought a reimagined Blanche DuBois — in the form of Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine French — to the streets of San Francisco this summer in his film “Blue Jasmine.” Another Blanche is heading to California next spring: the Los Angeles Opera announced on Wednesday that Renée Fleming would reprise the role, which she created, in three semi-staged performances of André Previn’s opera of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Renée Tours China and Taiwan
28 May 2013
Photo: Renée with students of the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, where she gave a master class sponsored by the charitable First Initiative Foundation
Renée kicked off the month of May with a tour of China and Taiwan, accompanied by pianist Hartmut Höll. Sold-out houses and ovations greeted her in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taipei, and Renée was thrilled to see that there is a young and growing audience for classical music in China. She offered a diverse program that included Handel oratorio arias, songs by Debussy, Strauss, and Canteloube, American musical theater classics, and Italian opera arias. Special events along the way included master classes in Hong Kong, Shanghai and and Guangzhou, a gala dinner sponsored by the First Initiative Foundation at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Hong Kong, as well as a reception in Renée's honor with American Ambassador Gary Locke and his wife Mona at their residence in Beijing. Renée was also honored to be made a Professor H.C. at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. When Renée's flight to Guangzhou was cancelled, it appeared that students scheduled for a master class there would be disappointed; but Renée arranged to hear them backstage the following day at the spectacular new Guangzhou Opera House, shortly before her performance. Singing in the remarkable Zaha Hadid building was just one of many high points of the tour for Renée, who noted that the eager, adventurous audience is being matched by a wealth of architecturally distinctive new performance venues.
Renée Fleming Meets Anders Hillborg
10 May 2013
The sickness of angels is nothing new
I have seen them crawling like bees
Flightless, chewing their tongues, not singing.
– (From Dark Harbor XXXV, by Mark Strand)
Viennese Finale for Perspectives
10 May 2013
Photo by Jennifer Taylor
Renée's Perspectives residency at Carnegie Hall culminated in a May 4 musical voyage to fin-de-siècle Vienna. Joined by the Emerson String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk. violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Colin Carr, Renée made her very first foray into the world of chamber music, presenting little-known gems of composers Karl Weigl, Erich Zeisl, Anton Webern, and Egon Wellesz, all of whose careers were disrupted, if not thwarted, by the rise of Nazism. Better-known works included songs by Strauss, Wagner, Brahms and Schoenberg. Renée regarded it as a special privilege to perform for Ronald Schoenberg and Barbara Zeisl Schoenberg, two of the composers' children, who are married and were in the audience that night.
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