Thursday, 28 January 2016

Barbican artist focus - Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming. Photo: Decca/Andrew Eccles
Renée Fleming. Photo: Decca/Andrew Eccles
Following hot on the heels of the Barbican Centre's 2016/17 season announcement (featuring Jonas Kaufmann) the centre's 2015/16 Artist Spotlight features the soprano Renee Fleming in a series of concert and events starting on 3 February 2016. 

Concerts include Fleming performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Jiri Belohlavek in two UK premieres, both written for Fleming; Robin Holloway's orchestral arrangement of ten of Debussy's Verlaine settings C'est l'extase and Swedish composer Anders Hillborg's The Strand Settings based on text by the Canadian poet Mark Strand. The premieres are framed by orchestral music by Debussy and Ravel. Fleming will also be giving a recital with pianist Hartmut Holl in a programme of songs by Schumann and Richard Strauss.

Other events include a panel discussion The 21st Century Singer chaired by Renee Fleming, and she will also be giving public masterclasses with students from the Guildhall School of Music. There are two film events, a documentary about the 2013 American Voices Festival which was hosted by Fleming, and the 2008 Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala. Both films will be introduced by the soprano.

Full information about the events from the Barbican website.

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