• Perspectives: Renée Fleming

  • Superstar soprano Renée Fleming brings the full breadth of her artistic curiosity to Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives residency. In January, she presents a joint recital with friend and frequent co-star, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. She goes on to sing the iconic role of Blanche Dubois—written for her by André Previn—in a semi-staged performance of his setting of A Streetcar Named Desire. In April, she serves as muse to another composer when she premieres a new work by Anders Hillborg in a special concert with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. The finale of her Perspectives series is Vienna: Window to Modernity, a thoughtful tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of literary and visual arts, gave way to the 20th century.
    Renée Fleming is the embodiment of the modern American singer, performing a wide range of styles on the world’s great stages. She has appeared in international festivals and recorded everything from lieder and opera to jazz and indie-rock (winning three Grammy Awards along the way). Her voice has brought solace to a grieving nation from Ground Zero and also reflected its optimism during presidential inaugural events. She’s the leading lady of the Metropolitan Opera and the author of the critically acclaimed book The Inner Voice. She has inspired fashion designers and visual artists, and she’s as comfortable on Sesame Street as she is singing Strauss heroines in Vienna. Her broad repertoire choices, genre-hopping projects, and off-stage artistic pursuits have broadened the definition of what it means to be an American singer in a European classical tradition.
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  • Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: Change in Late-19th-Century Viennese Art and Society

  • Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein and André Previn: Viennese Composers in the United States

  • Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: The Music of Richard Strauss

  • Renée Fleming in Conversation With Susan Graham:
    On Meeting, Dresses, "Pant" Roles, and French Song

  • Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: 20th Century Music and Audiences.

  • Renée Fleming in Conversation With Susan Graham: On Friendship, Mistaken Identity, and Der Rosenkavalier

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    Renée Fleming in Conversation with André Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire


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    May 4, 2013
    Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein and André Previn: Viennese Composers in the US
    WATCH: Tonight sees the finale of Renée Fleming's Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall with Vienna: Window to Modernity. Here, Ms. Fleming, composer and conductor André Previn, and conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discuss how several of the major Viennese composers of the period spent a lot of time in Los Angeles and how their experiences there differed widely.
    May 3, 2013
    Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: The Music of Richard Strauss
    WATCH: In the final video of our short series which features Renée Fleming and Leon Botstein discussing Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, they talk about the "simple and heartbreaking" music of Richard Strauss—a composer close to the soprano's heart and one who she believes has been ever popular but not always respected, particularly in Europe.
    May 2, 2013
    Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: 20th Century Music and Audiences
    WATCH: In the second of a series of three videos in which soprano Renée Fleming and conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discuss Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, they examine audience reactions to 20th-century music and explore how audiences should approach music by Viennese composers of the period.
    April 30, 2013
    Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: Change in Late-19th-Century Viennese Art and Society
    WATCH: In the first of three videos in which Renée Fleming and conductor and Leon Botstein discuss Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, they reveal the circumstances that led to the upheaval of society and art in Vienna, drawing parallels with New York City in its diversity and opportunities for social advancement.