Performance Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 8 PM

Renée Fleming

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Fleming gives a glimpse into the musical culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna with its enfant terrible Schoenberg, its wunderkind Korngold, and Zemlinsky—the man who taught them both. She concludes with songs by a composer whose notoriety outshone them all, preceded by Mehldau’s Rilke settings, a Carnegie Hall commission written specifically for Fleming.

Renée Fleming will be signing CDs after this performance.


  • Hartmut Höll, Piano
  • Renée Fleming, Soprano


  • SCHOENBERG "Jane Grey," Op. 12, No. 1
  • ZEMLINSKY Fünf Lieder
    ·· Vorspiel
    ·· Ansturm
    ·· Letzte Bitte
    ·· Stromüber
    ·· Auf See
  • KORNGOLD "Sterbelied," Op. 14, No. 1
  • KORNGOLD "Das Heldengrab am Pruth," Op. 9, No. 5
  • KORNGOLD "Was du mir bist," Op. 22, No. 1
  • BRAD MEHLDAU Songs from The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
    ·· I love you, gentlest of Ways
    ·· No one lives his life
    ·· His caring is a nightmare to us
    ·· Extinguish my eyes, I'll go on seeing you
  • R. STRAUSS "Winterweihe," Op. 48, No. 4
  • R. STRAUSS "Winterliebe," Op. 48, No. 5
  • R. STRAUSS "Traum durch die Dämmerung," Op. 29, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Gesang der Apollopriesterin," Op. 33, No. 2

  • Encores:
  • R. STRAUSS "Zueignung," Op. 10, No. 1
  • KORNGOLD "Glück, das mir verblieb" from Die tote Stadt, Op. 12
  • BERNSTEIN "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story
  • R. STRAUSS "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes, including one intermission


  • Hartmut Höll

    For over three decades, Hartmut Höll has been in demand as one of the music world's most esteemed chamber musicians and lieder accompanists. Focusing on a few musical partners, Mr. Höll has cultivated a rare consistency-and longevity-over the course of hundreds of concerts and more than 70 recordings, many of which have received international awards.

    From 1982 to 1992, Mr. Höll performed as accompanist for baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in concerts at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Florence, Munich, and Berlin festivals, as well as at Carnegie Hall and on many live and studio recordings. For more than 30 years, Mr. Höll has performed worldwide with the distinguished Japanese-German mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai. Their recordings on the Capriccio label-which range from early-Romantic works through the Second Viennese School and contemporary composers-have won multiple prizes and are considered among the most significant modern recordings of the lieder repertoire. Highlights include recordings of songs by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Wolf, Strauss, Mahler, Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Ullmann; various composers' settings of the poems of Friedrich Hölderlin; Schubert's Winterreise; chamber music featuring violist Tabea Zimmermann, with Wilhelm Müller's original poems, as set by Schubert and read by the eminent German poet and novelist Peter Härtling; works by Boulanger, Spohr, and Burgmüller; and a complete recording of Schoeck's monumental song cycle, Das holde Bescheiden.

    Since 2001, Mr. Höll has accompanied soprano Renée Fleming in tours through Europe, Asia, and the US. He has also performed with countertenor Jochen Kowalski; tenors Christoph Prégardien and Peter Schreier; baritones Hermann Prey, David Wilson-Johnson, Roman Trekel, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Polish contralto Jadwiga Rappé; and Polish soprano Urszula Kryger.

    Previously a full professor at the conservatories of Frankfurt and Cologne, Mr. Höll currently teaches at the Karlsruhe Conservatory, where he maintains a close connection to the younger generation of performers. He has given seminars and master classes at the Weimar International Music Seminar, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as in Finland, Jerusalem, and the US. He served as visiting professor at the Helsinki Conservatory in 1998-1999, and at the Salzburg Mozarteum from 1994 to 2003. He has been a visiting professor of lieder at the Zurich Conservatory since 2004, and the dean of the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe since 2007. From 1985 to 2007, Mr. Höll was the artistic director of the International Hugo Wolf Academy of Song, Poetry, and Lieder in Stuttgart.

    In 1990, Mr. Höll received the Robert Schumann Award from the City of Zwickau, and he was named an honorary member of the Robert Schumann Society of Zwickau and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society.
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  • Renée Fleming

    One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as "the people's diva," she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has been hosting a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.

    As a musical statesman, Ms. Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. On January 18, 2009, she was featured on the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama. She has performed for the United States Supreme Court, HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, and, in November 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic's "Velvet Revolution" at the invitation of Václav Havel. An additional distinction was bestowed in 2008, when, breaking a precedent, Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

    Ms. Fleming's 2010-2011 season at the Met includes performances of Rossini's Armida and Strauss's Capriccio. Her concert season began with the BBC Symphony Orchestra's "Last Night of the Proms" performance in September, followed by appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck, the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, and the St. Louis Symphony with David Robertson-all for their 2010-2011 gala concerts. In October, Ms. Fleming traveled to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium with the Munich Philharmonic and conductor Christian Thielemann. In November, she embarked on a Scandinavian tour, performing with the Danish National Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Norwegian and Finnish radio symphony orchestras. Additional concert highlights include performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Berliner Philharmoniker. Ms. Fleming appeared in recital in St. Paul and Kansas City in October 2010; this month, she embarks on a recital tour to Quebec, Ann Arbor, Montreal, San Juan, and Washington, DC.

    A three-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Fleming won the 2010 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Verismo, a CD featuring a collection of rarely heard Italian arias. In June 2010, Decca and Mercury released Dark Hope, which features Ms. Fleming performing songs by artists who include Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Arcade Fire, and Death Cab for Cutie. Other recent recordings include Strauss: Four Last Songs, for which she received the 2009 ECHO Award; Strauss's complete opera Daphne; the jazz album Haunted Heart; and the movie soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her DVDs include Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg, in which she and Mr. Hvorostovsky explore and perform in some of St. Petersburg's most spectacular locations; Massenet's complete opera Thaïs; and Capriccio, which received the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d'Or from the Académie du Disque Lyric.

    An advocate for literacy, Ms. Fleming has been featured in promotional campaigns for the Association of American Publishers's Get Caught Reading program, and the Magazine Publishers of America's READ poster campaign for the American Library Association. She was honored by The New York Public Library as a Library Lion. Her book The Inner Voice-an intimate account of her career and creative process-was published by Viking Penguin in 2004, and has also been published in France, the UK, Germany, Japan, and Russia.

    Ms. Fleming has represented Rolex timepieces in print advertising since 2001. In 2008, she launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance designed for her, with the proceeds benefiting the Metropolitan Opera. Master chef Daniel Boulud created the dessert La Diva Renée in her honor, and she inspired the Renée Fleming Iris, which has been replicated in porcelain by Boehm. Ms. Fleming has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with …, The View, and Prairie Home Companion as "Renata Flambé."

    Among Ms. Fleming's numerous awards are Sweden's Polar Prize (2008), the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur from the French government (2005), honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003), and a 2003 honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School, where she was also commencement speaker. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Advisory Board of the White Nights Foundation of America. Please visit for more information.
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Brad Mehldau is holder of the 2010-2011 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers I, and Great Singers I Mini.