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.