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Renée Fleming Headlines Metropolitan Opera Guild’s New “Met Mastersingers” Series at Town Hall

26 January 2010

Renée Fleming Headlines Metropolitan Opera Guild’s New “Met Mastersingers” Series at Town Hall

On Wednesday February 3, the Metropolitan Opera Guild presents the debut of an exciting new series: “The Met Mastersingers”. Starting at the very top for this inaugural event, the Guild has invited Renée Fleming to join its executive producer Paul Gruber in an informal conversation about her life and career. The event will take place at New York’s Town Hall and will feature screenings of the radiant soprano’s favorite filmed performances – from the Metropolitan Opera as well as previously unscreened material from other opera houses and television shows; a new video biography; and filmed anecdotes by Fleming’s colleagues and friends, including Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Barbara Cook, James Levine and Peter Gelb. Ticket and other information for “The Met Mastersingers: Renée Fleming” follows.

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Fantastic Reviews of 'Four Last Songs'

1 October 2008

Fantastic Reviews of 'Four Last Songs'

There have been great reviews from Renée’s forthcoming album, Four Last Songs. Below you can read press reviews from The Observer and the Financial Times and The Times.

Renée Fleming: Songs and arias by Richard Strauss

"On CD if not on stage, Fleming is the Strauss soprano de nos jours. Her latest recording of the Four Last Songs, with the Munich Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, finds her in suitably dreamy voice, but the significance of this performance lies in the way she now colours the words and defines the melodic contours. Arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Ägyptische Helena, together with Verführung and other songs, complete the programme."
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

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A Conversation with James Mustich, Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review

15 September 2008

Gracing the stage in Mozart and Massenet, Donizetti and Dvorak, Verdi and Strauss, Renée Fleming has become one of the most acclaimed operatic divas of our time. Born in Indiana and raised in Rochester, New York, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1988 at the age of 29, and the coveted Richard Tucker Award two years later. In 1991, she made her Metropolitan and San Francisco Opera debuts portraying Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro; since then she has found success around the world on both the operatic and the concert stage. Her commitment to new music has been illustrated by her roles in the world premieres of John Corigliano's The Ghost of Versailles, Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, and André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, while her musical eclecticism has led to collaborations in the recording studio with jazz artists Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, and Dave Grusin. In 2004, she even penned a self-portrait, The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer, offering fascinating insight into both her personality and her profession. In August of this year she received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her artistry.

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Renee Fleming Laureate of the Swedish Polar Music Prize 2008

25 August 2008

Renee Fleming Laureate of the Swedish Polar Music Prize 2008

Renée has received the 2008 Polar Music Prize in recognition of her sublime unparalleled voice and unique stylistic versatility. Connoisseurs and the general public alike have been dazzled by the beauty of her soft and natural voice, which is equally supple in every register and exudes sensitivity in every tone. With apparent ease and brilliant command, she takes on the entire operatic repertoire, from Handel to principal parts in newly penned operas. Concert audiences over the world have all been captivated by Ms. Fleming's magnetic stage presence. She holds a truly exceptional position among the world's singers.

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Met Gala Outfits Created by Legendary Designers

10 July 2008

Three of the world’s top fashion designers will create costumes for Renée Fleming for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night gala on Monday, September 22. Fashion legends John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel will each design costumes for the star soprano, who will sing three of her most acclaimed roles in fully staged selections from Verdi’s La Traviata (Act II), Massenet’s Manon (Act III), and Strauss’s Capriccio (final scene).

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Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

23 January 2008

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

There have been some fantastic reviews of Renée Fleming’s performance in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Here are just a sample of them below: 

"Has just about everything going for it: an all-star cast in peak form, a great orchestra led by today's leading Russian conductor, and a striking stage production whose minimalist, often stark, sets manage to superbly suit this most Romantic of operas... Renée Fleming's Tatiana is a triumph, her gorgeous soprano voice, intense acting and precise characterization make the complex young woman come alive...an Onegin that's the DVD version to get."
-- Dan Davis, amazon.com

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