Part of: Great Singers I
Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist ever to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award (her fourth) for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. A groundbreaking distinction came in 2008 when she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Ms. Fleming's 2017 tour schedule includes concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, Beijing, and Tokyo. In 2018, she will appear on Broadway in a major revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Last season, she appeared as the Marschallin in a new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, reprising the role at the Metropolitan Opera in the spring. In June, she joined with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the US National Institutes of Health to launch a major initiative that explores the positive effects of music and music therapy on health and the brain.
Ms. Fleming's most recent album, Distant Light, was recorded with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and released in January by Decca. Recipient of 14 Grammy nominations to date, she has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock, jazz, and the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She will soon be heard as the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film based on the best-selling novel Bel Canto.
Among Ms. Fleming's awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, and France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, as well as honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School. For additional information, visit reneefleming.com.
Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. He was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, as well as Lincoln Center's 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. A regular performer with many of the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors, Mr. Barnatan recently completed his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic's inaugural artist-in-association, a position created by Alan Gilbert--the orchestra's former music director--who has described Mr. Barnatan as "the complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary pianist as well." Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Barnatan have since collaborated numerous times, and are in the process of recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which will mark the orchestra's first complete recording of a Beethoven concerto cycle.
A sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Barnatan was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009, and is still a regular performer on CMS programs at home in New York and on tour. His passion for contemporary music has led him to commission and perform numerous works by living composers, including the premieres of works by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Matthias Pintscher, Alasdair Nicolson, and Andrew Norman, among others.
Called "a born Schubertian" by Gramophone, Mr. Barnatan's critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of Schubert's solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which earned a coveted place on The New York Times Best of 2012 list. Mr. Barnatan's 2015 Decca Classics recording of Chopin and Rachmaninoff cello sonatas with Alisa Weilerstein earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest album is a live recording of Messiaen's 90-minute masterpiece Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars), in which he played the exceptionally challenging solo piano part with an ensemble conducted by Mr. Gilbert at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.