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.