Watch superstar soprano Renée Fleming’s live stream from the music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. on Saturday 1 August at 1pm ET. Her intimate concert will feature favourite arias by Puccini and Massenet and moving selections by Handel and Korngold. Renée Fleming’s performance is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live In Concert series which features opera’s greatest stars in a series of pay-per-view recitals from striking locations around the world. Tickets for each recital are available for $20 from the Metropolitan Opera’s website.
Renée Fleming, one of the most celebrated singers of our time, is renowned for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and convincing stage presence. She has performed with all the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honour for an individual artist, and four Grammy Awards.
As a musical statesman Renée Fleming has sung at numerous prestigious occasions including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony , during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, in the televised concert at the Brandenburg Gate to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, and in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama in 2009. A ground-breaking distinction came in 2008 when Renée Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Other forthcoming performances in the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live In Concert series include Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak from France on 16 August, Lise Davidsen from Norway on 29 August, Joyce DiDonato from Spain on 12 September, Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała from Spain on 26 September, Anna Netrebko from Austria on 10 October, Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja from Malta on 24 October, Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena from Switzerland on 7 November, Sonya Yoncheva from Germany on 21 November, Bryn Terfel from Wales on 12 December and Angel Blue from New York City on 19 December.
“This new initiative is intended to create live performance opportunities for our artists and our audiences at a time when they both sorely need it,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager. “Although some concert activity is beginning to take place once again in some parts of the world, this is a chance for opera fans to experience their favourite stars in real time, since it’s going to be a long time before artists and their audiences are fully mobile again.”
Tickets for Renée Fleming’s Met Stars Live In Concert performance are available from the Metropolitan Opera’s website.