• Perspectives: Renée Fleming

  • 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, including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and conductor Alan Gilbert. Ms. Fleming sings a wide variety of repertoire that includes works written for her by Anders Hillborg and André Previn, among others.

    Ms. Fleming’s Perspectives begins in January 2013, when she appears in recital in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with her frequent operatic co-star and close friend mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. She returns in March to reprise 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 in April 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 in May with a special program entitled Vienna: Window to Modernity, a tribute to the music of an era that helped make the Austrian capital a vibrant place for the arts.

    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, during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and at the “We Are One” inaugural celebration for Barack Obama in 2009. 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. 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 the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011), the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2005), and honorary doctorates from the Eastman School of Music (2011) and The Juilliard School (2003), where she was also a commencement speaker. Ms. Fleming is currently a member of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees, the board of Sing for Hope, and the Artistic Advisory Board of the White Nights Foundation of America. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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    Photo by Andrew Eccles Decca.