Concert of the Year!

I first heard Grammy Award-winning Soprano Renee Fleming singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs at Carnegie Hall as part of a fundraising concert for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. I’ve never forgotten the beauty of her voice since. She is simply one of the greatest singers on the face of this earth.

Musical America‘s Vocalist of the Year in 1997, Renee Fleming also received the inaugural 1996 Solti Prize from L’Academie du Disque Lyrique. Her recording of American arias, I Want Magic, recorded in New York with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra was named “Record of the Month”, by Gramophone Magazine, naming her in the review as one of the all-time greats.

Repértoire Magazine reviewed the recording as “The most beautiful manifesto imaginable for the last fifty years of American operatic creation.” The New York Times wrote: “Ravishing melodies, ravishingly sung…Ms. Fleming convincingly gives lie to those who maintain that the golden age of singing is past.”

If you only go to one concert this year, make it this one. Even after being home for three years now, I still can’t get over the fact we are able to hear some of the greatest artists in the world right here in Vancouver. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that anniversary than listening to the spectacularly dulcet tones of Ms. Fleming’s voice in the grandeur, great acoustic and comfort of the newly refurbished Orpheum Theatre.Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and information about the program she will sing is available on the Vancouver Recital Society website.

2 thoughts on “Concert of the Year!

  1. I agree with Sean, Renee Fleming is without a doubt, “the Super Star Soprano of TODAY”.

    We are truly blessed to hear and enjoy such a superb talent.

    December 2009 is the month for sopranos – Grace Bumbry, (who sang her first AIDA, the role of AIDA), in Vancouver in 1988 is a 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree and she will be honored on December 6 by President and Mrs. Obama. Bravo to Grace and Renee!

    Thank you Grace and Renee for all the “joy” you bring to your audiences, all over the world.
    Vancouver, listen up, this is a unique opportunity, so go and hear Renee Fleming. The programme she will perform is outstanding, and, please support the Vancouver Recital Society for in their continued stellar efforts to present world class talent to audiences in Vancouver.

    (I think there is an interview on, I believe, the Showtime Channel with Elvis Costello talking to Renee Fleming about her career and her dedication to the music of her roots! This is worth finding and watching!)

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