• Thursday, Dec 13, 2012

    Renée Fleming Launches Four-Event Perspectives Series with Duo Recital with Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham on January 27 

    Soprano Collaborates with Long-Time Friends and Colleagues In Coming Weeks, Including Performances Featuring Composers André Previn and Anders Hillborg, Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Pianist Jeremy Denk, and the Emerson String Quartet  
    Image of Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles Decca
    After nearly 40 performances at Carnegie Hall, renowned soprano Renée Fleming curates a four-event Perspectives series, showcasing her multifaceted talents and collaborating with some of her favorite fellow artists beginning on Sunday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. when she appears in recital in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with her frequent operatic co-star and close friend mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

    Ms. Fleming returns to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 14, reprising the role of Blanche Dubois in a one-night-only, semi-staged version of André Previn’s 1998 opera A Streetcar Named Desire, a role that she originated in the work’s world premiere. Directed by Brad Dalton, the cast also features tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, returning in the role of Mitch; baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley; soprano Susanna Phillips as Stella; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Patrick Summers. Appearing on Friday, April 26 with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert, Ms. Fleming sings the world premiere of a song cycle by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic. She completes her Perspectives series on Saturday, May 4 with a special program entitled Vienna: Window to Modernity, a tribute to the music of the turn of the twentieth century, an era in which the Austrian capital was a hotbed of creativity in music and the visual arts. See below for complete program details.

    In planning her programs, Ms. Fleming shared, “The Perspectives series puts the spotlight on a performing artist in an unusual way…To be the curator, as it were—to be the person who says, ‘What is my point of view?’—is a special gift, particularly for an artist who has been performing for a long time.

    “The tradition of singing fascinates me,” she continued. “I’m interested in singing in all of its forms, how it has been presented over time and how it has changed and evolved with technology, with style, or with the popularity of various kinds of music. My idea, then, in thinking about this was to present a wide variety of performance styles, and to work with colleagues that I admire. Certainly, contemporary music had to be represented not only because I follow it closely, but also because I feel strongly that it must be a part of a singer’s profile. It’s never lost on me that 100 years ago, 80 percent of my repertoire would have been new, whether Puccini or Strauss or any of the composers that we now take for granted.”

    Further details on each concert are noted below. For more information on Renée Fleming’s Perspectives series, please visit carnegiehall.org/fleming.

    For a video interview with Renée Fleming, please click here. In addition, Ms. Fleming recently sat down with several of her collaborators including Leon Botstein, Susan Graham, and André Previn for a special one-on-one Carnegie Hall video series. Visit carnegiehall.org/fleming to view the series, launching in January.

    January 27: Duo Recital with Susan Graham and Pianist Bradley Moore
    Renée Fleming begins her season-long Perspectives series on Sunday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. with her long time opera co-star and close friend, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Together with pianist Bradley Moore, the two will perform songs and duets by Hahn, Berlioz, Debussy, Delibes, Fauré, Messager, Offenbach, and Saint-Saëns.

    The recital will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

    On her relationship with Susan Graham, Ms. Fleming shared, “We established a firm friendship singing in Rosenkavalier together, six or seven different times over a span of ten years all over the world. One of the great joys of our work is to have the opportunity to keep coming back to share the stage with great colleagues.

    Susan has also become a specialist in French repertoire. She sings so beautifully in the language, and is a masterful song stylist. French is actually also one of my favorite languages to sing in, for the resonance and fluidity of the language. The focus of our duet program will be the exploration of French duets with piano. We will definitely enjoy singing together again, and we’ll try our best to make it fun for the audience, too.”

    March 14: New York Premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire

    Ms. Fleming’s Perspectives series continues on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with an all-star cast for the New York premiere of André Previn’s acclaimed opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. The work premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 1998 with Ms. Fleming singing the lead role of Blanche. She is joined by fellow original cast member, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Mitch, baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley, soprano Susanna Phillips as Stella, and mezzo-soprano Jane Bunnell as Eunice, along with tenors Andrew Bidlack (Young Collector) and Dominic Armstrong (Steve). The semi-staged performance is directed by Brad Dalton and features the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Patrick Summers. After this one-time only concert version, the cast reunites at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Brad Dalton for four staged performances beginning March 26.

    Ms. Fleming recalled the world premiere production, saying, “I had the great joy and privilege of working with André Previn on A Streetcar Named Desire as he composed his opera. To be able not only to bring this music to life, but also to breathe life into this character (the musical version of Blanche DuBois, already well-known from the play and the movie), was a rare privilege. André has this brilliant combination of classical, Hollywood and jazz roots. He’s also a virtuosic performer and conductor as well. And what a thrill to be part of Carnegie’s first staged and costumed opera!”

    April 26: New Music by Anders Hillborg with Alan Gilbert & the New York Philharmonic
    On Friday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Ms. Fleming sings the world premiere of a new work by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert. The new piece was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic. Also on the program are Respighi’s Fontane di Roma and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

    “Scandinavia’s exemplary music education system has created a school of composition that is almost unrivalled. I’ve long been a fan of Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Esa-Pekka Salonen, more recently, Jimmy Lopez, who was trained there, and Anders Hillborg. I’m so thrilled that Anders agreed to create a new piece for this concert. I’m also delighted that the work will be a setting of the poems of Mark Strand, of whom I am a great fan. This concert also gives me the opportunity to work again with Alan Gilbert, who’s an incredibly deep-thinking and gifted musician and conductor. We’re so privileged to have him in New York. The way in which he encouraged me to grow by offering me the Messiaen Poemes pour Mi to open his entire tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic was both challenging and exciting at the same time. We share an interest in 20th-century and new music, and our commitment to supporting the music we love as a living, breathing, evolving art form.”

    May 4: Vienna: Window to Modernity
    The finale of Renée Fleming's Perspectives series on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Vienna: Window to Modernity pays tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of an enormous burst of creativity and social change, gave way to the 20th century. The soprano hosts the program of chamber music featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, the Emerson String Quartet, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Colin Carr. More details on the program will be announced at a later date.

    “I haven’t had many opportunities to sing chamber music in my career,” Ms. Fleming said. “It sparks my imagination to think that, before the advent of widely available recording and radio, so much music was performed at home both by professionals and by accomplished amateurs. Imagine what knowledge and appreciation they brought to the concert hall as audience members! I would like to evoke that kind of collegial music-making with this recital. I feel especially lucky to be creating this recital with such highly-esteemed colleagues. I will be sharing the program with the Emerson Quartet, who will feature in Schoenberg’s masterpiece Verklärte Nacht. Music at the turn of the century, was pulled both back to romanticism and forward to atonality at the same time. It’s fascinating to see how composers coped with this transition."

    About the Artist

    One of the most celebrated artists of our time, Renée Fleming continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, while also extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. In recent seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. As a musical statesman, she has performed at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, at the “We Are One” inaugural celebration for Barack Obama in 2009, and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in last summer’s Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Fleming has recorded a wide range of CDs and DVDs, including Verdi’s La traviata, filmed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the jazz album Haunted Heart; and a pop covers album, Dark Hope. Her most recent recording, Poèmes, has been nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. She recorded Alexandre Desplat’s theme song, "Still Dream" for Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, a major Thanksgiving 2012 release. Master Chef Daniel Boulud created the dessert “La Diva Renée” in her honor, and in 2008, Ms. Fleming launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance with proceeds benefiting The Metropolitan Opera. Her awards include Sweden’s Polar Prize, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music. Ms. Fleming is currently a member of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees and serves on the board of Sing for Hope. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives
    Now in its 14th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.

    Previous Perspectives artists have included conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; soprano Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata; Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer/songwriter James Taylor.

    Program Information
    Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    RENÉE FLEMING, Soprano
    SUSAN GRAHAM, Mezzo-Soprano

    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS "El desdichado"
    GABRIEL FAURÉ "Puisqu’ici bas," Op. 10, No. 1
    GABRIEL FAURÉ "Pleurs d’or," Op. 72
    GABRIEL FAURÉ Pavane in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50
    GABRIEL FAURÉ "Tarentelle," Op. 10, No. 2
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Clair de lune"
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Mandoline"
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
    LÉO DELIBES "Les filles de Cadix"
    REYNALDO HAHN "Le rossignol des lilas"
    REYNALDO HAHN "Infidélité"
    REYNALDO HAHN "Fêtes galantes"
    REYNALDO HAHN "Le printemps"
    HECTOR BERLIOZ "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
    ANDRÉ MESSAGER "Blanche-marie et Marie-Blanche" from Les P'tites Michu
    JACQUES OFFENBACH Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann
    LÉO DELIBES "Duo des fleurs" from Lakmé

    Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It is also broadcast on radio stations across the country, courtesy of American Public Media.

    Tickets: $44– $135

    Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Renée Fleming, Soprano (Blanche)
    Susanna Phillips, Soprano (Stella)
    Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Baritone (Stanley)
    Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Mitch)
    Jane Bunnell, Mezzo-Soprano (Eunice)
    Andrew Bidlack, Tenor (Young Collector)
    Dominic Armstrong, Tenor (Steve)
    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Patrick Summers, Conductor
    Brad Dalton, Director
    Additional artists to be announced

    ANDRÉ PREVIN A Streetcar Named Desire (semi-staged performance) (NY Premiere)

    Tickets: $44– $135

    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Alan Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor
    Renée Fleming, Soprano

    OTTORINO RESPIGHI Fontane di Roma
    ANDERS HILLBORG New Work for Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic)
    MODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School, and special guest, composer Anders Hillborg.

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Tickets: $40– $120

    Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Renée Fleming, Soprano and Host
    Jeremy Denk, Piano
    Emerson String Quartet
    •• Eugene Drucker, Violin
    •• Philip Setzer, Violin
    •• Lawrence Dutton, Viola
    •• David Finckel, Cello
    Paul Neubauer, Viola
    Colin Carr, Cello

    Tickets: $38– $115

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